Jenipapo Andalusite Gemstone


Andalusite derives its name from the Spanish province where it was first sighted in 1789. Its play of red green and yellow hues resembles a muted iridescence with adaptable color tones.

 
 
 

 

Andalusite's ability to exhibit a variety of hues in a single stone including light yellow-brown olive dusty rose and gray-green renders it difficult to pin down a leading color. This is a gem that displays pleochroism meaning that it appears different colors when viewed from different angles. While gemcutters typically try to focus in on a single shade for other gemstones they prefer to showcase andalusite's transitional ability by choosing gem material with a good mingling of hues.

Andalusite has traditionally been a collector's gem and a rare find. While difficult to acquire in small jewelry shops artisans are beginning to introduce this stone into their creations.


GemLORE

 

 

• Crystal healers credit andalusite with improving intelligence assisting with memory and resolving issues.

• This gemstone is said to help its wearer understand the concept of 'everything in moderation ' facilitating balance and helping you remain grounded.


GemGPS

 

Location: Brazil

Brazil takes pride in its production of exquisite andalusite. Shop LC obtains andalusite from the Jenipapo mines in the Minas Gerais territory of Brazil.

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GemFACTS

 

• Ranks 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.

• Strong pleochroism makes it difficult to pinpoint the color of this stone but its overall appearance is that of a dusty peach pink red-brown or light orange-brown.

• Sourced from Minas Gerais in Brazil.

• Member of the andalusite-kanonaite family.

• Also known as chiastolite viridine andaluzite apyre feldspath apyre jamesonite or lohestite.

• 100 percent natural stone; no additional treatments.