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Astrophyllite is golden-yellow to dark brown and usually forms as bladed crystals radiating from a common center. It gets its name from the Greek astron, meaning "star", and phyllon, meaning "leaf." It may also be translated as "star sheets," fitting because of the interwoven star shapes that the crystals sometimes form and because of its strange luster, which can be metallic in some crystals and pearly in others. Although there are occurrences of astrophyllite around the world, some of the finest crystals come from remote mountainous regions in arctic northern Russia.

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Astrophyllite Classification
Common Name Astrophyllite
Species Astrophyllite
Astrophyllite Optical Properties
Transparency Translucent - Opaque
Dispersion Strength: Strong Fire
Refractive Index 1.678-1.758
Optic Character Biaxial
Optic Sign Positive
Polariscope Reaction Aggregate (AGG), Doubly Refractive (DR)
Pleochroism Trichroic, orangy red, orangy yellow, yellow
Astrophyllite Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 3
Streak Golden
Specific Gravity 3.200-3.400
Toughness Poor
Inclusions The stone is composed of star or leaf like sheets some of which can have a metallic or pearly luster.
Luster Greasy, Pearly
Fracture Uneven
Cleavage Perfect, in one direction, Poor, in one direction
Astrophyllite Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name potassium sodium iron manganese titanium silicate hydroxide
Chemical Formula (K,Na)3(Fe2+,Mn)7Ti2Si8O24(O,OH)7
Crystal System Triclinic
Chemistry Classification Silicate

Astrophyllite Colors

  • Yellow Astrophyllite Yellow
  • Brown Astrophyllite Brown

Countries of Origin

Guinea; Kazakhstan; Portugal; Mongolia; Pakistan; Morocco; Malawi; China; Russian Federation (the); Brazil; Slovakia; Chile; Nigeria; Kyrgyzstan; United States of America (the); Ukraine; Spain; New Zealand; Canada; Norway; Namibia; Finland; Denmark; South Africa; Tajikistan

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.