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Its name comes from the Greek "anastasis" which means stretched, elongated, as the form of its bipyramid crystals. It was discovered in France, in Bourg d'Oisans in Isere, by Schreiber in the late eighteenth century, but it is Haüy who attributed its name in 1801.

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it is an alpine mineral, is found in the Alps, in the Massif de l'Oisans in France, in Switzerland, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Russia, England, Alaska, Canada, Brazil (byterminal crystals longer than 1 cm ( 0,39 inches aprrox.)), Argentina, and China ...

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Use in jewelry

faceted is an interesting stone for collectors.

Looking alike stones

epidote , kornerupine , vesuvianite , zircon

Historical healing properties

It would be a stone in relation to the base chakra, it would be very active in fitness, muscle tone associated with having a beneficial effect on muscle fatigue.
It would also act on the balance of energy, would allow the arbitration between the sense of justice and the will to protect against attacks: rumors, grudges ... It would also provide energy for intellectual activities while preserving from physical exhaustion, in order to accept changes.

Chemical characteristics

Physical characteristics

Main color : brown

Other colors : blue, colourless, yellow, black, red

Color of streak : white, yellow

Luster : adamantine, greasy

Hardness : 5.5 to 6.0

Density : 3.81 to 3.98

Cleavage : perfect

Fracture : conchoidal, uneven

Optical properties

Transparency : transparent, translucent

Refractive Index : 2.488 - 2.565

Double refraction : 0.045

Definite negative uniaxial

visible double refraction : yes

Dispersion : 0,220

Pleochroism : definite

Number of colors : 2

Yellow - orange

anatase spectrum system

anatase spectrum system

Fluorescence : none


Often in bipyramids or tabulars


Crystal system : tetragonal

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