Andalusite Gemstone




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Physical Features:
ChemicalAl2SiO5
ColorGreen, yellowish-green, brown, pink, colourless
Crystal HabitPrismatic
Crystal SystemOrthorhombic
CleavageDistinct; one direction
FractureUneven to concoidal
Hardness7.5 Mohs scale
LusterVitreous
StreakWhite
TransparencyTransparent, Translucent, Opaque
Specific gravity3.05 - 3.21
Refractive index1.627 - 1.650
Birefringence0.007 - 0.013

The name Andalusite was given by Delamtharie after the Andalusia Province of Spain. Later it was found that the type site of the mineral is El Cardoso in Almeria Province. Many scholars have advocated a change of name, but still, the mineral is popular as Andalusite. The stone may be of varying colors ranging from pink, rose-red, brown, green and white. The purple variety of Andalusite is known as Viridine and Chiastolite is another variety which includes black inclusions of carbon. The varying colors make it popular as a precious gemstone. Often in round or square cut gemstones, the colors blend together giving a beautiful mosaic appearance. The price of this gemstone depends a lot on the perfect cutting edge, as only a masters craftsmen can cut the crystal in perfect angles without which the pleochroic colors of the gemstone will not be visible. It's opaque variety Chiastolite is of not much demand in the gemstone industry.

Its uses and purposes:

It helps its wearer to see calmly without any bias different characteristics in metaphysical works.

The wearer of this gemstone has an uplifted wisdom so that one can look at a problem from various aspects and can take proper judgement and decision to solve it without any fear.

The healing power of Andalusite is known to reduce anxiety, loneliness, depression, stress, and guilt.

Wearing it the person will come to know about his powers of which he is not aware of. This helps the person to be confident and use his power in a good way.

The gemstone improves oxygen deficiency hence it cures heart and eye diseases.

Andalusite promotes memory, recollecting and thinking ability.

It is also beneficial to those who are suffering due to bad memories and adverse situations.

The stone has proved to regulate sleep and alleviates the process of healing in case of nerve, muscle and joint ailment.