Single crystal (4.2cm) – Diakon, Nioro du Sahel Circle, Kayes Region, Mali
|Crystal class||Hexoctahedral (m3m)
H-M symbol: (4/m 3 2/m)
|Unit cell||a = 12.056 Å; Z = 8|
|Color||Yellow, greenish yellow to emerald-green, dark green; brown, brownish red, brownish yellow; grayish black, black; may be sectored|
|Crystal habit||Commonly well-crystallized dodecahedra, trapezohedra, or combinations, also granular to massive|
|Fracture||conchoidal to uneven|
|Mohs scale hardness||6.5 to 7|
|Luster||Adamantine to resinous, dull|
|Diaphaneity||Transparent to translucent|
|Specific gravity||3.859 calculated; 3.8 - 3.9 measured|
|Optical properties||Isotropic, typically weakly anisotropic|
|Refractive index||n = 1.887|
|Absorption spectra||demantoid - 440nm band or complete absorption at 440nm and below, may also have lines at 618, 634, 685, 690nm |
|Demantoid||transparent light to dark green to yellow-green|
|Topazolite||transparent to translucent yellow, may show chatoyancy|
Andradite includes three varieties:
- Melanite: Black in color, referred to as "titanian andradite".
- Demantoid: Vivid green in color, one of the most valuable and rare stones in the gemological world.
- Topazolite: Yellow-green in color and sometimes of high enough quality to be cut into a faceted gemstone, it is rarer than demantoid.
It was first described in 1868 for an occurrence in Drammen, Buskerud, Norway. Andradite was named after the Brazilian statesman, naturalist, professor and poet José Bonifácio de Andrade e Silva (1763–1838).
It occurs in skarns developed in contact metamorphosed impure limestones or calcic igneous rocks; in chlorite schists and serpentinites and in alkalic igneous rocks (typically titaniferous). Associated minerals include vesuvianite, chlorite, epidote, spinel, calcite, dolomite and magnetite. It is found in Italy, the Ural Mountains of Russia, Arizona and California and in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast in Ukraine.
Black crystals of andradite: melanite
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