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Anatase Mineral – Do you Know This Mineral?

limz Published On Thu Feb 06 2020   Modified On Thu Feb 06 2020
Anatase Mineral – Do you Know This Mineral?

Anatase is a small, isolated and sharply developed crystals and a metastable mineral form of titanium dioxide (TiO2). It is a rare blue or black mineral that is in tetragonal crystalline form. The specimens of these minerals are associated with Quartz.

Anatase symbolizes strength, willpower, clarity, positivity, fortune, and prosperity. It can cleanse away all the negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts.

Let us learn more about Anatase.

Meaning

Anatase is a tetragonal mineral that is especially used as a white pigment. It is a popular mineral for collectors and it is considered classics in the mineral world. It helps to open up and balance all the chakras of our body. It helps to purify and energize the body, accept any kind of challenge, make the right decisions, feel comfortable in many situations, and attune negativity and pain.

Origin and History

Anatase is a polymorph with the two other minerals - Rutile and Brookite. The word "Anatase" was derived from the Greek word "Anatasis" which means extension. This name was given by René Just Haüy, a French priest and mineralogist, in 1801, referring to its long crystals. It can be found in Italy, Switzerland, Slovakia England, Canada, and China.

Formation Process

Along with rutile and brookite, Anatase is the naturally occurring isomorphic form of titanium dioxide. Anatase can be formed by the dehydration and gradual structural rearrangement of the reactant titanium-oxygen lattice.

Formula

Dark-Blue Anatase Crystal.
Dark-Blue Anatase Crystal.
Image Source: Flickr

The chemical formula of Anatase is TiO2 (Titanium Dioxide). These stones have a hardness of 5.5-6 on the Mohs scale. They have an Adamantine to splendent and metallic luster.

Types

Anatase has no type of its own.

Colors Available

  • Brown
  • Pale yellow or reddish-brown
  • Indigo
  • Pale green
  • Pale lilac
  • Grey
  • Rarely nearly colorless
  • Brown
  • Yellow-brown
  • Pale green
  • Blue in transmitted light.

Mines Available

  • Savage River Mines, Tasmania, Australia
  • Gold Mines, Weissensee, Austria
  • Talc mine, Schellgaden, Salzburg, Austria

Cost Per Carat

The cost of Anatase can vary anywhere from $3 to $60 and $100 per carat.

Uses

  • Anatase is used for the white pigmentation of paints, paper, and ceramics.
  • Anatase is used to remove the greasy appearance on fibers caused by the translucent properties of the resin.
  • It is also used as a dye in the rubber industry.
  • It is also used as a gemstone in jewelry.

Spiritual Properties

Anatase Stone.
Anatase Stone.
Image Source: Mineralized
  • Anatase helps to enhance communication skills, make you wiser, be happier than before, and judge things from a broader perspective.
  • It improves one's relationship, heighten confidence, influence love and compassion for others, and restores the youthful appearance.
  • It also helps to make your skin healthy, prevent dental cavities, aid allergies, promote insightfulness, and reduce anxiety.

Facts

  • Anatase crystal comes in the form of tiny bi-pyramidal crystals.
  • People associated with the zodiac sign of Scorpio can use these stones as their guide.
  • Anata is often called octahedrite because of the common octahedral habit of the crystals.
  • Crystalline Anatase can be prepared by chemical methods such as the sol-gel method in laboratories.

Jewelry Stores Near You

  • Alex Monroe, Snowfield, London, UK
  • Rocks & Co., Birmingham, UK

Online Stores

  • Etsy
  • E-Rocks

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