Andesine is a silicate mineral that is relatively a new gemstone in the market. It is a variety of feldspar and is composed of 50-70% albite and 30-50% anorthite. As most of these stones that are sold in today's market are copper-diffused Labradorite, it is hard to confirm its authenticity.
Andesine symbolizes love, hope, beauty, truth, purity, stability, permanence, passion, peace, and harmony.
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Andesine is a member of the plagioclase feldspar solid solution series that consists of an aluminum silicate of sodium and calcium. It is associated with minerals like biotite, hornblende, quartz, and k-feldspars. These stones are related to the heart chakra (Anahata) and it helps to awaken and balance the heart chakra. It will enable the wearer to promote unconditional love and compassion for others, beauty, warmth, joy, happiness, passion, desire, and willpower.
Andesine is a fairly new gemstone that was believed to be first originally described from an occurrence in the Marmato mine, Marmato, Cauca, Chocó Department, Colombia in 1841. The name was given due to its abundance in the andesite lavas in Andes mountain of South America. Today, most of these stones found in the market are enhanced labradorite, a fellow plagioclase feldspar.
Andesine mostly occurs in intermediate igneous rocks and characteristically it occurs in metamorphic rocks of granulite to amphibolite facies. These stones also as detrital grains in sedimentary rocks.
The chemical formula of Andesine is (Na, Ca)Al₁₋₂Si₃₋₂O₈. These stones have a hardness of 6-6.5 on the Mohs scale and they have a subvitreous to pearly luster.
Andesine has no type of its own.
The cost of Andesine can vary from $80 to $200 according to its color, clarity, and size.
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