Astrophyllite Bead Bracelet
Astrophyllite is a very rare potassium, iron, titanium, manganese, sodium, silicate mineral. It crystallizes in the form of fine-bladed crystals that sometimes display a “starburst” aggregate. It was originally discovered in 1844 in Laven Island, Norway by Paul Christian Weibye. After that, it wasn’t officially welcomed into the scientific community until 10 years later, when Carl Johan August Theodor Scheerer officially named it “Astrophyllite”. He chose this in reference to its physical characteristics as well as the Greek words “Astron” and “Phyllon”, meaning “star” and “leaf”. Astrophyllite can only be found in a few countries worldwide, with the majority of specimens coming out of Russia, Greenland, China, Norway, and the United States.
Astrophyllite looks very similar to the minerals Nuummite and Arfvedsonite. The colors are very similar, as all the crystals above offer metallic lusters of blues, oranges, and coppers. The best way to identify and differentiate Astrophyllite is to look for tiny striations throughout a dark brown or black matrix. Furthermore, due to the number of minerals within this stone, it is always heavier (and rarer) than Nuummite and Arfvedsonite.
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