While the Brazilian states of Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais are the major producers, Andalusite gemstones also come from Burma, Mozambique, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Despite being beautiful, durable and well-suited to jewelry, Andalusite is comparatively unknown.
Jenipapo Andalusite is from the Jenipapo district of Itinga (Jequitinhonha valley) a municipality (município) in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais (‘general mines’ in Portuguese). Geologically scarce, Andalusite crystals are rarely found with good structure, most appearing as water-warn pebbles that occur in relatively small quantities.
Difficult to find in sizes above 3 carats, Jenipapo Andalusite’s rarity is further accentuated by faceting challenges, as optimal lapidary takes time and usually results in lower yields. Jenipapo Andalusite is also one of the few gemstones that are not enhanced.
Jenipapo Andalusite is an excellent gemstone (Mohs’ Hardness: 7.5) well-suited to everyday wear. Always store Jenipapo Andalusite carefully to avoid scuffs and scratches. Clean with gentle soap and lukewarm water, scrubbing behind the gem with a very soft toothbrush as necessary. After cleaning, pat dry with a soft towel or chamois cloth.