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.
- 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.
Brazil takes pride in its production of exquisite andalusite. We obtain andalusite from the Jenipapo mines in the Minas Gerais territory of Brazil.
- 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.