Angelite

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Angelite is the bluish gray nodular polished form of anhydrite that was discovered in Peru in 1987. It is used in jewelry, spheres, and carved eggs.

Angelite Classification
Common Name Angelite
Species Anhydrite
Angelite Optical Properties
Transparency Translucent
Dispersion Strength: Weak Fire Value: 0.013
Refractive Index 1.570-1.614
Optic Character Biaxial
Optic Sign Positive
Polariscope Reaction Aggregate (AGG)
Angelite Characteristic Physical Properties
Streak White
Toughness Poor
Luster Greasy, Pearly, Vitreous
Stability Poor
Fracture Uneven to Splintery
Angelite Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name Calcium sulfate
Chemical Formula CaSO4
Crystal System Orthorhombic
Chemistry Classification Sulfate

Angelite Colors

  • Blue Angelite Blue
  • Gray Angelite Gray

Alternate Names

Angel stone, Anhydrite

Countries of Origin

Mexico; Peru

Care

Angelite is very soft, so be mindful of scratching. Avoid abrasives, ultrasonic, solvents, or exposure to water.

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.