Andalusite is named after Andalusia, the province of Spain where it was first discovered. Andalusite is a mineral, aluminum silicate, usually found in orthorhombic crystals of various colors.A unique variety of Andalusite is called "chiastolite". Andalusite is also pleochroic i.e. it shows different colors in different directions.
This gemstone is a bit like tanzanite in that it shows two very distinct colors at the same time. Andalusite changes in color depending on which way you look at it, and on how it's lighted.
Andalusite is hard and tough enough for most jewelry uses. Reduce anxiety, stress and guilt, lonlieness, depression and ysterious fevers. It helps us to become powerful and then to use our power wisely and for the good. Promotes business and career sucsess. Considered a talisman for the very psychic or sensitive as it is said to "ground" their energies.
Andalusite has the most powerful luster of any garnet, and this makes it a reputable gem. Andalusite specimens are also highly sought after by mineral collectors, who marvel at the well-formed crystals and aggregates.
Sign of Andalusite: Capricorn
In the past Andalusite was sometimes called "Poor Man's Alexandrite" because it offers color play at a low price. Sometimes referred to in ancient texts as "Lapis Crucifer" or "Cross Stone".
It occurs in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Canada, Russia, USA France, Germany, and Spain.