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Astrophyllite Arfvedsonite is black in color with patches of coppery bronze or blue. It is a very rare, brown to golden yellow hydrous potassium iron titanium silicate mineral. Typically, it forms as bladed, radiating stellate aggregates. It is this crystal habit that gives astrophyllite its name; from the Greek words astron meaning "star" and phyllon meaning "leaf." Its high, submetallic lustre and dark color contrast sharply with the light colored (felsic) matrix the mineral is regularly found within. Astrophyllite is usually opaque to translucent, but may be transparent in thin specimens.

As the crystals themselves possess perfect cleavage, they are typically left in situ, the entire aggregate often cut into slabs and polished. Owing to its limited availability and high cost, astrophyllite is seldom seen in an ornamental capacity, though It is sometimes used in jewelery.
Found in cavities and fissures in unusual felsic igneous rocks, astrophyllite is associated with feldspar, mica, titanite, zircon, nepheline and aegirine. Common impurities include magnesium, aluminium, calcium, zirconium, niobium, and tantalum. It was first discovered in 1854 at its type locality; Laven Island, Norway. Astrophyllite is found in a few scarce, remote localities: Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada; Pikes Peak, Colorado, USA; Narsarsuk and Kangerdluarsuk, Greenland; Brevig, Norway; and the Kola Peninsula, Russia.

Astrophyllite Arfvedsonite is a mineral useful for uplifting, exciting the chakras and supplemental vibrations, especially when one is sorrowful or depressed. Arfvedsonite aids in creating a clear path "forward and upward" away from the depression and sorrow.

That said...I don't pretend to understand half of the words, but I love the rock! In my necklace it sparkles next to dalmation jasper and light Colorado Swarovski crystals. All other components are sterling silver, including my hand forged "s" clasp. Necklace length is adjustable from 16" to 18".

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Sale! Rare Astrophyllite, Dalmation Jasper, Light Colorado Swarovski Crystal, & Sterling Silver Necklace - 2097ND

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: astrophyllite, sterling silver, light colorado swarovski, sterling s clasp, sterling chain
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