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Cancrinite | Everything You Need to Know About This Mineral

limz Published On Mon Mar 16 2020   Modified On Mon Mar 16 2020
Cancrinite | Everything You Need to Know About This Mineral

Cancrinite is a member of the cancrinite-vishnevite family that is classed as a member of the feldspathoid group of minerals. It exhibits a hexagonal crystal system and has an uneven conchoidal fracture. It has a brittle tenacity and a white streak.

Cancrinite symbolizes understanding, willpower, confidence, positivity, creativity, determination, enthusiasm, strength, endurance, and stimulation.

Let us learn more about Cancrinite.


Cancrinite is a rare feldspathoid mineral that consists of an aluminosilicate and carbonate of sodium and calcium. It is classed as a feldspathoid mineral due to its chemical composition. It is one of the few silicate minerals that consists of carbonate ion in its structure. These minerals are commonly associated with other minerals like - Andradite, Monticellite, Natrolite, Nepheline, Orthoclase, and Sodalite.

Origin and History

Cancrinite On Albite.
Cancrinite On Albite.
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In 1839, Cancrinite was originally found in the Ural mountains, a mountain range in Russia. After its discovery, it was named "Cancrinite" for Georg Ludwig Cancrin (1774-1845), a Russian German aristocrat and a politician. Some of the places where fine specimens these minerals can be found are - Russia, the USA, India, Finland, and Norway.

Formation Process

Cancrinite usually occurs in igneous rocks as transparent to translucent masses of various colors. It can also be found in alkaline undersaturated magmatic rocks, metamorphic rocks, and contact zones between limestone and igneous intrusives. It also occurs as an alteration product of nepheline and feldspar in nepheline-syenite.


The chemical formula of Cancrinite is Na6Ca2[(CO3)2|Al6Si6O24]·2H2O and it has a hardness of 5-6 according to the Mohs scale.


There are no known types of Cancrinite.

Colors Available

Cancrinite Crystal.
Cancrinite Crystal.
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  • Gray-Green
  • White
  • Yellow
  • Blue
  • Orange
  • Reddish

Mines Available

  • Faraday Mine, Ontario, Canada
  • Okarusu Mine, Khomas Region, Namibia
  • Mica Mine, Murmansk Oblast, Russia
  • Waterloo Mine, British Columbia, Canada

Cost Per Carat

The value of Cancrinite can range anywhere from $20 to $70 according to its color and quality.


The only use of Cancrinite is as a mineral specimen.

Spiritual Properties

  • Cancrinite helps to recognize the simple things in life, stimulate the chakras, open one’s consciousness to the higher dimensions, and improve vitality.
  • It can aid heart disease and stroke, treat breathing problems, such as sleep apnea, stimulate high blood pressure, and combat eating disorders.
  • It also helps to promote unconditional love and compassion, release fear, boost your memory, stimulate psychic development, and aid your consciousness.


Cancrinite Tree Of Life Pendant.
Cancrinite Tree Of Life Pendant.
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  • Cancrinite crystals usually occur as massive or granular crystals and it rarely occurs as prismatic crystals.
  • The type locality of this mineral is Ilmen Nature Reserve, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia.
  • Its cleavage is perfect on {1010}, and poor on {0001}.
  • It has a vitreous, greasy, and pearly luster and its specific gravity is 2.42 – 2.51.

Jewelry Stores Near You

  • Hobbs Jewelers, Athens, Alabama, USA
  • London Rocks Jewelry, London, UK
  • Fair Trade Jewelry Co., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Online Stores

  • Rocks & Gems, Banff, Alberta, Canada
  • Mineral and Matter, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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