There's A Mysterious Crystal Lurking In The Forest
Of course it's not found in just any forest. In fact , Chiastolite Crystals are only found in a few places on Earth! ( Mainly in California,China, Australia and Massachusetts. ) The Lancaster variety are most likely the only ones of gemstone quality. There are deposits of a very pure Slate that the Chiastolite crystals were formed in, that are concentrated in this area.
This rare form of Andalusite is the only crystal that bears this unusual cruciform pattern inside.
Drawing Demonstrates How Pattern Changes Within A Single Chiastolite Crystal.
Crystals' Design Varies From Maltese Cross To Cruciform Shape
Cross-Sections Can Be Displayed In Their Raw State Or Ground And Polished For Unique Jewelry.
Diameter Of Crystals Is Typically 3/8 to 1/2 Inch
Hardness Varies From 3.5 to 7 On Moh's Hardness Scale
Chiastolite Crystals Display A Variety Of Colors ( Pink,Orange Brown,White)
times as of 12-May-99 .12-May-99