Published August 2015 • Updated August 2022 • Read Time: 4 minutes
Dragonstone is a rare healing stone found only in Limpopo, South Africa. It combines two closely related sorosilicate minerals, bright green Epidote and vivid red Piemontite. It was first discovered near Tshipise Hotsprings, which bubbles up near a dragon-shaped hill. This location coupled with the stone’s dramatic coloring immediately led to the nickname of Dragonstone. Several other rocks have this same nickname, including a stone from Australia that even has the same vivid coloring, but has a different mineral composition. Dragonstone from South Africa encourages us to be our true self and to step into our personal power.
Dragonstone is a powerful stone of truth that illuminates our true self, in all its beauty and glory. It ignites in us a passion for personal improvement, urging us to honestly assess our strengths and weaknesses and then to make realistic plans that will result in positive change. Dragonstone is a wonderful manifestation tool, especially when used to create both financial abundance and personal happiness. It raises our spiritual vibration and self-confidence making us the masters of our own fate.
Earth, Water and Fire
Emotional Healing Properties
Dragonstone has a very kind energy when we are suffering from grief and sadness. It reminds us that life is beautiful and that we have important roles to play in it. It helps us to feel more positive and optimistic about the future. It reduces the power of our “inner critic” and magnifies positive perceptions. Dragonstone helps us to shake off any sense of “self-pity” and to re-engage with the world. It urges us to step into our personal power and to be courageous and bold.
Mental Healing Properties
Dragonstone offers gifts of patience and strength so we can achieve our goals. It reminds us that “failure” and “mistakes” are simply learning opportunities, rather than a statement about our own value or abilities. It encourages us to be both patient and wise, in all aspects of our lives, but particularly in financial matters. Dragonstone helps us to save more and make better investments. It also makes a wonderful talisman for scientists, especially those on the cutting-edge of their fields, reminding us that science and magic are one and the same, and what now seems unbelievable will one day be commonplace.
Physical Healing Properties
Dragonstone is believed to strengthen the immune system and liver, as well as to support general physical regeneration. It is also said to help treat disorders in the nervous system, brain, and thyroid as well as conditions exacerbated by dehydration. Dragonstone is used by metaphysical healers as a beauty aid to smooth the skin and add shine to hair and nails.
Dragonstone is a type of Epidot and is found exclusively in South Africa. Despite the similarity in name and appearance, it is not to be confused with a healing crystal called Dragon’s Blood Jasper found in Australia
Mining and Treatments
Dragonstones is mined as a secondary stone in Copper mines.
All Dragonstones are fully natural and have been enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
Dragonstone is a not a mineral, but rather a rock. An easy way to understand the difference is that rocks are like cookies and minerals are ingredients like flour or sugar. Many different minerals are used to create a rock! In the case of Dragonstone, it combines two closely related minerals, green Epidote and Red Piemontite, both of which are Sorosilicate mineral, a type of Silicate mineral. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Epidote and Piemontite both belong to the Sorosilcate family, in which two tetrahedral groups share a single oxygen molecule.
Epidote and Piemontite, the two minerals that combine to create Dragonstone, are both typically formed in metamorphic rocks such as marble. On occasion, they can be formed during hydrothermal alteration which transforms sedimentary and metamorphic rocks into igneous rocks. This more rare formation is most likely responsible for creating Dragonstone, since it is usually found near active hot springs.
Dragonstone’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment. Try it in combination with Spessartine Garnet
Epidote and Piemontite
Green and red
History of Dragonstone
Dragonstone is a new stone for the metaphysical community, as are the two minerals which compose it, green Epidote and red Piemontite. As a result, none of them were included in early lapidaries, texts which describe stones and their powers. Dragonstone is found only in the Limpopo province of South Africa. It was first discovered near the mouth of the Tshipise Hotsprings, which is below a dragon-shaped hill, hence the name.
South African Dragonstone looks remarkably similar to Australian Dragon’s Blood Jasper, which is a green Fuchsite with Red Jasper inclusions. Despite the name and color similarities, these two stones are completely different both in mineralogy and energy. The name “Dragonstone” is also sometimes used for brown and yellow Septarian Nodules.
Julie Abouzelof is the owner of Moonrise Crystals and an advocate for responsibly sourced gems and minerals. Her first career was in education teaching history, geology and anthropology, as well as working with special-needs students. She is now a heart-centered entrepreneur who encourages mindfulness and positive action to heal ourselves and the world. Julie lives in Hawaii with her lover and a little parrot named Darwin.