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>> Group(s) : silicates
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Its perfect cleavage that provides leaflets has earned it its name comingfrom the Greek "Petalon".
It may exhibit the speckle type phenomenon called "cat’s eye".

Exploited sites

It is found in Brazil (Minas Gerais), Isle of Elba, Sweden (Utö Island, Varuträsk), Zimbabwe, in Burma at Mogok ...

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Use in jewelry

It is more a collection mineral than a gemstone

Looking alike stones

beryl , rock crystal , phenakite , pollucite , zircon

Historical healing properties

When it’s pink , she would bring calm and serenity, this would be the stone of harmony.

Chemical characteristics

lithium aluminium silicate

Physical characteristics

Main color : pink

Other colors : yellow

Color of streak : white

Luster : vitreous, pearly

Hardness : 6.0 to 6.5

Density : 2.40

Cleavage : perfect

Fracture : conchoidal

pearly on the cleavage

Optical properties

Transparency : transparent

Refractive Index : 1.501 - 1.520

Double refraction : 0.011

Weak, biaxial (+)

visible double refraction : no

Dispersion : -

Pleochroism : absent

Number of colors : 1

Absorption spectrum : 454

Fluorescence : weak

Orange, pink, depending on the origin


Rare thick shelves looking like feldspar


Crystal system : monoclinic

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