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ANDALUCITE

Andalucite, named for the Spanish region of Andalucia, where it was first discovered, is one of the lesser-known gemstones. This gemstone has recently gained the attention of jewellery designers, who are now using it in designs that reveal its striking and unique colour combinations.

Andalucite’s strong pleochroism produces a multi-coloured effect featuring yellow, olive-green, and reddish-brown within a single gem. Typically translucent to opaque, transparent gemstone-quality Andalucite specimens are very rare.

 

 

Sources: Key sources of Andalucite are Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia, Spain (Andalucia), Sri Lanka, Burma, Madagascar and the USA. 

Similar gemstones: Tourmaline, Chrysoberyl, Sphene, Smoky Quartz and Idocrase are among the few gemstones that are close in appearance to Andalucite. 

Colour palette: The colours most associated with Andalucite are white, green, yellow, orange, brown, pink, grey, black. However, the angle at which the gemstone is viewed will dictate the colours that are revealed. Typically these are yellow, yellow-green, green, brownish-red, olive and reddish-brown. The majority of Andalucite gemstones exhibit two colours of differing intensity, blended together.

More information about the Andalucite: Although Andalucite is not deemed to be a specific Birthstone or Wedding Anniversary gemstone, it is a stone of Virgo and is sometimes referred to as the ‘Seeing Stone’, said to enable the wearer to calmly see, without bias, fear or judgment.

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