This week we are covering a relatively new kid on the block, going by the cool name of Angelite. Discovered in the late 80s, this gorgeous pale blue gemstone is a thirsty rock whose real name is Anhydrite, which translates from Greek as “without water”. It’s also soft and brittle so requires extra care and love! 

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Appearance

Angelite, or Blue Anhydrite, is found only in one colour which is a deep cornflower blue. It is closely related to Calcium and Celestite and is essentially a dehydrated Gypsum. The Angelite crystal only develops in areas where Gypsum crystals once had contact with water. The water evaporated over millions of years and the Gypsum crystals compressed, resulting in the formation of Angelite.

Found

The Angelite gemstone is a relatively new crystal, discovered in Peru.  It has since been found in Britain, Germany, Poland, Libya, Egypt, and Mexico.  Other varieties of Anhydrite occur in the tidal flat environment of the Persian Gulf or as igneous rocks in El Teniente, Chile and the El Chichón volcano, Mexico.

History

Historians believe that ancient humans used Angelite, but the stone was lost to the sands of time, that is until its discovery in 1989 by J.I. Koivula and R.C. Kammerling.  Anhydrite, which includes white and purple varieties, was first discovered in 1794 in a salt mine near Hall in Tirol, Austria. It was eventually named by A. G. Werner in 1804, because of the absence of water of crystallization, as contrasted with the presence of water in Gypsum. Extensive structural damage in the German city of Staufen im Breisgau occurred in 2007 when a drilling project resulted in subsurface water invading a layer of Anhydrite below the city, causing ground swelling as it converted to Gypsum.  Oops!

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Uses

Due to the name Angelite, this stone is very popular amongst the spiritual healing community and is often carved into angels, skulls, balls, prisms, wands, hearts, and many animal shapes. It has recently become more popular amongst jewellery makers and can be regularly found as round beads, chip beads, nuggets, pendants, and cabochons.

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Physical

This amazing variety of Anhydrite looks like a blue Calcite, although slightly different in appearance due to a general lack of banding. It is a dense and opaque stone that is formed as massive crystals. These crystals are closely related to Celestite, compressed over millions of years ago. Angelite is quite a soft stone, only ranking at 3.5 on the MOHs scale and is relatively brittle, so please take care!

Metaphysical

Angelite is associated with the wind and is said to bring the spiritual energies of power, healing, love, and protection. Wearing this stone is believed to have a calming effect on oneself and easily connects one to one’s spirit guides and guardian angels. It is thought to support one in conquering one’s fears and in removing the blockages in one’s life.