Gemstones/Minerals #10 – Anglesite

Anglesite

 

Description:  Anglesite is a native gemstone with prismatic crystals which often grows or juts out of deposits of Galena Ore it’s host rock.   The color is white, or gray with pale yellow streaks.  It is a crystal structure with a high luster.

History:  It is the best known Welsh mineral and was first recognized as a mineral by William Withering in 1783 who first found  it in the Parys copper-mine.   The name occurred later  from the Isle of Anglesey in Wales where it was formally discovered in 1832 by Francois Sulpice Beudant.

Location: It is mainly found in Wales, England, Scotland in the British Isles.  It has also been found in in Morocco, Germany, SArdinia, Africia, Mexico and in the US. in Pensylvanis, Utah, and New Mexico.

Folklore/Metaphysical: Anglesite is said to promote sensitivity, gentleness, relaxation and tenderness.

Care: Anglesite is a very soft gemstone with a hardness of 2.5 – 3.0.  It is therefore easily to scratch and damage when stored with other jewelry. Clean using a mild soapy solution with a soft bristled brush for the crevices in the mineral crystal.  Do not use chemicals, cleaning products, or ultraviolet cleaners on this delicate mineral rather polished or rough.

 

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