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>> Group(s) : silicates
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It is the form of its crystals with sharp edges, ax shaped , which gave its name derived from "axinos" in Greek. It was discovered by Schreiber in France in the Massif de l'Oisans it was Romé Isle who described and identified it and René Just Haüy who gave it its name.
We can classify the axinites as ferroaxinites that contain iron (the most common and interesting as gems), manganaxinites, magnesioaxinites and tinzénite (yellow-orange).
It is piezoelectric and thus attracts dust.

Exploited sites

Highly sought after in France in the eighteenth century at the Bourg d'Oisans (Isère), It was also found in the peak Arbizon (Pyrenees), Cornwall (England), California (USA), Baja California (Mexico), in the Urals (Russia), Sri Lankla, Tasmania, Japan (Miyazaki and Toroku), in Tanzania, in Pakistan...

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Use in jewelry

It’s a collection stone

Daily care and precautions

It is fragile and susceptible to shocks

Looking alike stones

andalusite , baryte , kornerupine , spinel , titanite

Historical healing properties

the opaque varieties do emit radiations too low to be assessed in crystal healing. The yellow-orange stones would act on the sex chakra and also that of the solar plexus, proving to be a good sexual enhancer for men.
The purple brown stones allow greater circulation of energy between the top and bottom chakras . It would be a stone that carries the energy, which would identify areas of lack in energy .

Chemical characteristics
Ca2(Fe,Mg,Mn)Al2 [BO3OH,Si4O12]

calcium aluminium boro - silicate

Physical characteristics

Main color : brown

Other colors : grey, colourless, red, purple

classically purplish brown, sometimes with shades of blue, red, orange

Color of streak : white

Luster : vitreous

Hardness : 6.5 to 7.0

Density : 3.25 to 3.35

Cleavage : indistinct

Fracture : splintery

easy cleavage in only one direction

Optical properties

Transparency : transparent, translucent

often translucent

Refractive Index : 1.655 - 1.705

Double refraction : 0.009

Weak biaxial (-)

visible double refraction : no

Dispersion : 0.020 (0.011)

Pleochroism : strong

Number of colors : 3

Olive-green, reddish brown, yellow-brown

Absorption spectrum : 512 - 492 - 466 - 415

For the iron rich variety

brown axinite spectrum system

brown axinite spectrum system

burgundy axinite spectrum system

burgundy axinite spectrum system

orange axinite spectrum system

orange axinite spectrum system

Fluorescence : variable

Orange - red depending on the origins

Inclusions : many fissures


Thin and sharp like sharpened axes


Crystal system : triclinic

Other informations

Astrological sign : Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces

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