Andalusite Facts

Andalusite Facts
Andalusite is a mineral that forms into rock and is mined for the use in high-temperature refractories. The specimens that are gem-quality are then cut into gems. Andalusites are formed during the regional metamorphism of shale. These minerals are exposed to the pressures and temperatures needed for them to form into rocks that are then mined for use. Often the andalusite is formed within the veins and cavities within igneous rocks. This can be associated with pegmatite, granitic, granite, hornfels, and cordierite. The color of an andalusite when viewed from different directions is most often olive green, pink, reddish brown, and white to grey. This array of colors is most often the reason the andalusite is cut into gemstones. It has the ability to withstand very high temperature without being changed or altered. Andalusite is one of the small numbers of minerals that distinctively form prismatic crystals with a square shaped cross-section. This can be the identifying points when discovered.
Interesting Andalusite Facts:
High quality andalusite crystals are commonly used as gemstones.
Andalusite is used to produce the high-temperature porcelain incorporated in spark plugs.
Andalusie is used for incinerators, kilns, and various high-temperature furnaces.
Andalusite forms under a low pressure and extremely high temperature condition.
Notable locations for mining andalusite can be found in Andalusia, Spain and some water-worn pebbles come from the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil.
In ancient times, andalusite was thought to be one of the most powerful healing stones.
One of the physical healing properties thought to come from andalusite was the belief that the stone helped regulate sleep and in alleviating the paralysis of nerves, joints, and muscles.
It was believed that andalusite contained an anti-inflammatory agent that helped to reduce the pain associated with arthritis, rheumatism, and gout.
The healing crystals are also believed to a great help for AIDS, eye problems, retaining water, and iodine deficiency.
In order to fully receive the healing ability of andalusite it must be worn directly against the skin.
Andalusite was considered a sign of independence and when worn, it would lessen the fear of approaching death.
Andalusite has the ability to change turmoil and conflict into peace and to stay calm during difficult times.
Andalusite is believed to be a spiritual stone that helps the wearer focus on meditation and centering. This allows the wearer to maintain a spiritual perspective during infirmities and sickness.
When worn it is believed that andalusite provides the ability to get beyond the conditions of this present life and enter into the realm of the after-life.
Because of the hardness and color variation, andalusite is considered to be the perfect gemstone for male jewelry.
Andalusite closely resembles the alexandrite stone, and it is often called the poor man's alexandrite.
Andalusite becomes a powerful stone when it is used together with diamonds and citrine.
Chiastolite is most often thought to be the most precious form of andalusite stone.

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