Combination of two to three colors, depending upon the direction
it's viewed: Brown to yellowish green, Greenish, Orangey
Optic Character: DR
of Color: Charge
transfers involving titanium and iron/oxygen ion pairs
Cleavage : Distinct;
pleochroism, accicular rutile inclusions
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Sri Lanka,
Canada, China, Russia, USA
Varieties : Viridine
(translucent to opaque with a cross-like pattern)
is a little known and much underappreciated gem. It is
highly pleochroic, meaning, it appears to be different
colors depending upon which direction the stone is viewed.
The most common colors are a bronzed red coupled with
a golden green.
Although it is often refereed to as "poor man's alexandrite"
because of the tone of it's pleochroic colors, it actually
does NOT have the ability to change colors, like alexandrite does.
is said to stimulate the memory and recollection. Not
only recent memory, but it is actually attributed with
the ability to make one able to remember their past lives.
can be confused with:
is named after Andalusia, the province of Spain
where it was first discovered.
The Gemology Project: Andalusite