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Anhydrite/Angelite Mineral – Things you Should Know

limz Published On Mon Feb 10 2020   Modified On Mon Feb 10 2020
Anhydrite/Angelite Mineral – Things you Should Know

Anhydrite is an important rock-forming mineral and a member of the evaporite group of minerals. Although these crystals occur commonly, fine specimens are extremely rare. It is in the orthorhombic crystal system with brittle tenacity.

Anhydrite symbolizes strength, peace, perfection, simplicity, innocence, completeness, sensitivity, and passion. It is great for spiritual and emotional healing.

Let us learn more about Anhydrite.

Meaning

Anhydrite is a white mineral composed of anhydrous calcium sulfate that is closely related to gypsum. These stones help in the treatment of disorders of the throat, as it balances and opens up the throat chakra. It enables you to promote your creativity and clairaudience abilities. You will be able to communicate with people and express yourself more properly. It also helps you to speak the truth more confidently.

Origin and History

In 1794, Anhydrite was first discovered in a salt mine near Hall in Tirol, Austria. The derivation of the word "Anhydrite" is from the Greek word "Anhydros" which means "without water". This name was given by Abraham Gottlob Werner, a German geologist, in 1804. Angelite, a blue form of Anhydrite, was discovered in 1987 in Peru. This name was given referring to its heavenly blue color.

Formation Process

Blue Anhydrite Crystal.
Blue Anhydrite Crystal.
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Anhydrite occurs as a vein-filling mineral in hydrothermal deposits. It also occurs in extensive layered deposits in sedimentary basins where a large volume of sea waters have been evaporated. It does not form directly but it forms after the loss of in the rock-forming mineral, Gypsum. It can transform bask to Gypsum when exposed to water.

Formula

The chemical formula of Anhydrite is CaSO4 (Anhydrous calcium sulfate). These stones have a hardness of 3-3.5 on the Mohs scale and they have a vitreous, greasy, and pearly luster.

Types

Anhydrite does not have any type of its own.

Colors Available

  • White
  • Gray
  • Blue
  • Pink
  • Red
  • Lavender

Mines Available

  • Agua Rica Mine, Catamarca Province, Argentine
  • Mt Carlton Mine, Queensland, Australia
  • Rudolf Mine, Carinthia, Austria

Cost Per Carat

Anhydrite is extremely affordable with the price varying from $5 to $50 per carat. 

Uses

  • Anhydrite can be used as drying agents in plaster, paint, and varnish.
  • Along with gypsum, it is used to produce plaster, joint compound, and wallboard.
  • It can also be used in the manufacture of some cement and as a source of sulfate for sulfuric acid.
  • It can be also used as a gemstone in jewelry.

Spiritual Properties

Angelite Tumbled Stone.
Angelite Tumbled Stone.
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  • Anhydrite is a powerful stone that helps to heighten perceptions, promote kindness, increase the ability to tolerate, and enhance telepathic communication.
  • It also helps to stabilize emotions, dispel anger, become more compassionate, promote calmness, and enhance the ability to teach.
  • It can disperse swelling, balance the fluids, treat any ailments, aid throat disorders, and detoxify the blood and body.

Facts

  • Anhydrite can cleave in three directions at right angles.
  • It consists of more calcium than gypsum, as gypsum has about 21% water weight.
  • It has a conchoidal fracture and a white streak.
  • These stones can be often found in extremely dry areas.

Jewelry Stores Near You

  • The Rock Store, Toronto, Canada
  • Rock & Gem Edmonton, Canada
  • Rock and Gem Shop, Hawes, England

Online Stores

Visit Stoneharu for more information about stones and gems.