Andalusite

  • Hello,


    I often see Andalusite advertised as 'rare'. Is Andalusite really a rare mineral (it is a mineral, right)? I have made exhaustive searchs to find calibrated Andalusite but unable to find much.


    Thanks,

  • Thank you for contacting Internet Stones.COM. At the moment I do not know anyone who has andalusites. However I will get in touch with you when I find someone. I have seen a few samples with some gem merchants.


    Andalusite is considered a rare/unusual gemstone.


    All gemstones are minerals, but not all minerals are gemstones. It is the minerals that have some form of ornamental or jewel value that are called gemstones.


    When examined in various angles, cut and polished stones show a distinct colour effect known as trichroism. The main trichroic colours shown in andalusite include yellow, green and red.


    Andalusite is found in many colours, however Sri Lankan andalusites are predominantly green in colour. Green andalusite with a glint of red is often mistaken for Alexandrite.