Dolomite is a gentle stone that encourages charitable actions, generosity and giving of all kinds, as well as receiving. It also encourages energetic thinking, original thinking, spontaneity, creativity, and manifestation. It can help develop stamina for dealing with hyperactive people. It is also used to stop energy leaks from the chakras, and to balance and align the chakras. It stabilizes both human and mineral energies, and when placed strategically in a home with other minerals they balance the energetic atmosphere.
It is a particularly good stone for relieving sorrow, and soothing hurt, loneliness, stress, and anxiety. Sometimes it is called the "herb" of rocks. In the physical realm it is used in crystal healing for strengthening bones, teeth, muscles, and the female reproductive system. It reduces the effects of PMS. Pink dolomite is also particularly good for insomnia.
Color: Pink or pinkish and can be colorless, white, yellow, gray or even brown or black.
Luster: Pearly to vitreous to dull.
Transparency: Crystals are transparent to translucent.
Crystal System: Trigonal.
Crystal Habits: Saddle shaped rhombohedral twins and simple rhombs some with slightly curved faces, also prismatic, massive, granular and rock forming.
Cleavage: Perfect in three directions forming rhombohedrons.
Hardness: 3.5 - 4
Specific Gravity: 2.86
Associated Minerals: Calcite, sulfide ore minerals, fluorite, barite, quartz and occasionally with gold.
Other Characteristics: Effervesces weakly with warm acid or when first powdered with cold HCl.
Best Field Indicators: Typical pink color, crystal habit, hardness, slow reaction to acid, density and luster.