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The name "andesine" comes from the Andes Mountains and "labradorite" was derived from Labrador, Canada, where labradorite (the opaque labradorescent kind, not the transparent kind) was first discovered. So why hyphenate it? Chemically speaking, our material falls between andesine and labradorite, so we chose to hyphenate and use both terms to be more accurate and descriptive. Read more about andesine-labradorite.


Care

As with many gemstones, it is always wise to avoid ultrasonic cleaners and extremes of heat. While andesine-labradorite is relatively hard at approximately 6.5 on the Mohs scale, care should be taken when storing your gemstones and jewelry. Harder gems, such as diamonds and sapphires, can scratch andesine-labradorite's surface and mar its luster. The safest way to clean your jewelry is with water and a soft cloth or brush. For loose gems, a clean, soft leather or Selvytâ„¢ cloth will do the trick.

Color

Andesine-labradorite can be found in a variety of attractive hues and shades. Sources in China produce natural yellows that range from soft straw to light amber in color. While orange, red, and green stones may occur naturally within the earth, most are now known to be the result of lattice diffusion at extreme temperature. The element responsible for this incredible metamorphosis is copper, but in slightly different forms. Unfortunately, the treatment that produces this wonderful transformation does not do so uniformly or efficiently. A substantial percentage of all treated material appears highly zoned, turbid, and included, and fine crystalline material continues to be in short supply.

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