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Andradite | Find Everything About This Mineral

limz Published On Sat Feb 08 2020   Modified On Sat Feb 08 2020
Andradite | Find Everything About This Mineral

Andradite is the member of the Garnet group that has a conchoidal to uneven fracture. Although these stones are not as well-known as other species of Garnet, it is extremely beautiful and can be produced as quite fine gemstones. 

Andradite symbolizes integrity, courage, prosperity, abundance, gratitude, and creativity. It is a nesosilicate that contains calcium and iron. 

Let us learn more about Andradite.

Meaning

Andradite is a common mineral that mostly occurs in alkaline igneous rocks such as nepheline syenites and phonolites. Just like the other Garnet groups, these stones crystallizes in the cubic space group. Andradite is strongly associated with the root and sacral chakra. These stones help to open up and balance both the chakras. It enables the wearer to clear one's emotion, let go of boundaries and emotional blockage, ground yourself and promote stability in life.

Origin and History

Andradite Crystal.
Andradite Crystal.
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In 1868, Andradite was first described for an occurrence in Drammen, Buskerud, Norway. In the same year, these stones were named by James Dwight Dana in honor of José Bonifácio de Andrada e Silva, a Brazilian statesman, naturalist, professor, and poet. In 2009, some of the quality specimens of these stones were found in a mangrove swamp near Antetezambato, Madagascar.

Formation Process

Andradite occurs in skarns that are developed in contact metamorphosed impure limestones or calcic igneous rocks and also in alkaline igneous rocks. These beautiful stones are formed from the metamorphism of impure siliceous limestones.

Formula

The chemical formula of Andradite is Ca3Fe2(SiO4)3. These stones have a hardness of 6.5-7 according to the Mohs scale and they have a submetallic and adamantine luster.

Types

  • Melanite
  • Demantoid
  • Topazolite

Colors Available

Yellow Andradite Garnet Gemstone.
Yellow Andradite Garnet Gemstone.
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  • Black
  • Green
  • Red
  • Grey
  • Yellow
  • Pink
  • Brown
  • Orange

Mines Available

  • Kara Mine, Tasmania, Australia
  • Oregon Mine, British Columbia, Canada
  • Recsk Mine, Heves County, Hungary
  • Wallaby Gold Mine, Western Australia

Cost Per Carat

The price of Andradite can range from $15 to $100 according to their quality, color, and size. Demantoid is one of the varieties of the mineral Andradite and they are the most valuable Garnet. Their price can reach up to $10000 according to its size and quality. The largest Demantoid stone ever found weighed 252.5 carats that were found in the Russian Urals.

Uses

  • Andradite is used as an abrasive in many types of manufacturing.
  • These stones are also used in jewelry like - necklace, bracelet, rings, and earrings.

Spiritual Properties

  • Andradite helps to strengthen and energize one's body, protect from psychic attacks, feel more alive, and promote self-empowerment.
  • These stones can reduce your emotional clinginess, clarify the mind, help you to deal with jealousy, and increase your patience.
  • It can also help to promote blood circulation, improve eyesight, boost mobility, ease bronchial distress, and encourage blood formation.

Facts

Demantoid Gemstone.
Demantoid Gemstone.
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  • Demantoid, a variety of Andradite Garnet, is one of the rarest of all gemstone.
  • Andradite has a white streak and cubic crystal system.
  • These stones make a fine stone for collectors.
  • These stones have isometric crystallography and their cleavage is not present.

Jewelry Stores Near You

  • The Antique Jewelry Company, London, England
  • House of Garrard, London, UK
  • Popular Jewelry, New York, USA
  • Branford Jewelers, Branford, Connecticut, USA

Online Stores

  • Crystal Age
  • Gabilo

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