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>> Group(s) : feldspars, silicates
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Found in 1815, it name comes from the Latin "albus", white.
It is the sodium end member of the albite-anorthite series of the plagioclase group.
It is a very common and widespread mineral.
The peristerite shows phenomenon of adularescence same as moonstone.

Exploited sites

Found all over the world. Found at St Veran, in the Haute Alpes, France, at Montgenevre close to Briançon, in all the Alpes in Europe…in Madagascar, Brazil, USA, Russia, Pakistan, China, Canada…

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Use in jewelry

Faceted or cabochon cut, its cleavage limits its use.

Daily care and precautions

Sensitive to pressure and chocks.

Looking alike stones

anhydrite , apophyllite , dolomite , fluorite , herderite , nepheline , oligoclase , orthoclase , petalite

Historical healing properties

Albite would have the effect of encouraging the energetical links between the chakras and their related organs. Placed upon the solar chakra it would be related to the kidneys, the gall bladder, making esier the exchanges of corporal liquids.
It would remove the inhibitions and would help in the decision making in unknown or not mastered fields.

Chemical characteristics

tectosilicate of aluminim and sodium

Physical characteristics

Main color : white

Other colors : grey, colourless, yellow, pink, green

always in light shades of color.

Color of streak : white

Luster : vitreous

Hardness : 6.0 to 6.5

Density : 2.57 to 2.69

Cleavage : perfect

Fracture : uneven

break showing tiny flat surfaces

Optical properties

Transparency : transparent, translucent

Refractive Index : 1.527 - 1.538

Double refraction : 0.011

Weak, biaxial (+)

visible double refraction : no

Dispersion : 0,012

Pleochroism : absent

Number of colors : 1

Fluorescence : moderate

Red, deep pink, white…


Tabular and curved into leaves


Crystal system : triclinic

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