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Albite Mineral | Everything You Need to Know

limz Published On Mon Feb 03 2020   Modified On Mon Feb 03 2020
Albite Mineral | Everything You Need to Know

Albite is a triclinic usually white mineral of plagioclase feldspar which has a vitreous luster. It is a transparent to translucent stone that has an uneven to conchoidal fracture.

Albite is an amazing and common stone that symbolizes strength, courage, peace, light, purity, and goodness. These stones will help the wearer to be insightful and understand the people around them.

Let us learn more about Albite.

Meaning

Albite is a sodium-rich mineral of the group feldspar that is typically white and occurs commonly in silicate rocks. These stones help the wearer to awaken and balance the third-eye and crown chakra. It enables us to heighten wisdom, insight and connect you to the Universe. These stones will give you a soul-riveting experience and allows you to understand complex situations.

Origin and History

Albite is derived from the Latin word "Albus" which means "White". In 1815, this name was given by Johan Gottlieb Gahn and Jöns Jacob Berzelius because of its typical color. It can be found all over the world but Austria and the Swiss Alps. produces most of the fine specimens of these stones. Other places where these stones can be found are Brazil, the US, Quebec, South Africa, and Canada.

Formation Process

Albite Stone.
Albite Stone.
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Albite is a common type of mineral that forms mostly in pegmatites and felsic igneous rocks such as granites. These stones can also be found in metamorphic rocks that are of low-grade and as authigenic Albite in certain sedimentary varieties.

Formula

The chemical formula of Albite is Na(AlSi3O8). These stones are rated 6-6.5 according to the Mohs scale and they have a brittle tenacity.

Types

  • Analbite
  • Cleavelandite
  • Pericline
  • Peristerite

Colors Available

  • White to Gray
  • Blueish
  • Greenish
  • Reddish

Mines Available

  • Tilly Foster Iron Mine, Brewster, New York, USA
  • Catharina Neufang Mine, Lower Saxony, Germany
  • Orogrande Mines, New Mexico

Cost Per Carat

Albite is the common mineral of the Earth's crust and the price of these stones can cost up to $10-$100.

Uses

Albite Cabochon.
Albite Cabochon.
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  • Albites are commonly used for the manufacture of glass and ceramics.
  • These stones are also used by most of the geologists as it is identified as an important rock-forming mineral.
  • Albite crystals are popular among collectors.
  • It is commonly used as a gemstone for jewelry.

Spiritual Properties

  • Albite helps you to think more clearly and logically, assist lucid dreams, enhance communication, relieve from any kind of fear, and heighten courage.
  • This stone stables your emotion repels negative energies and vibes, boosts your intuition, promotes a long-lasting relationship, and clarifies the thoughts.
  • It also helps to aid muscular ailments, reduce mood swings, decrease the risk of heart-related problems, improves the circulatory system, and treat eye disorders.

Facts

  • The chemical composition of Albite is Sodium calcium aluminosilicate.
  • The specific gravity of this stone is 2.60–2.65.
  • Albite is an important rock-forming mineral that is highly used by geologists.
  • Low Albite and High Albite are two of the variants of these stones.

Jewelry Stores Near You

  • Rock and Gems Canada, Whistler, Canada
  • Frost, London, UK

Online Stores

  • Etsy
  • Dave's Rock Shop

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