Gemstone to watch


Most people prefer to call Anhydrite by the name Angelite or Angel Stone but despite it's pretty sky colour, which is a base colour of opaque pale glacier blue with snow white flecks, this gemstone isn't really a popular choice of gemstone for jewellery designers at the moment.

Personally I prefer to call it angelite and I have made many pieces of memorial jewellery using this gemstone, often incorporating a simple locket.

The ladies I have had the honour of making these commission pieces for are often tearful when I present their commision order to them. However they often claim it has had a calming influence in their lives and giving them an air of what the American people would call 'closure'. I don't photograph these commisions as I feel they are personal to the person who has requested them but have plans to do a range of memorial jewellery in the new year.

High quality angelite gemstones are extremely rare despite its common occurrence, the best specimens are found in Mexico and Peru. They showcase a nice blue color with an even a play of light from within the crystal. Lower grade stones have brown inclusions which still look pretty in their own right.

It is believed by healers that angelite can be used to balance the thyroid and for all those people planning a New Year diet apparently this could be the stone to help you balance your weight. Of course the very nature of it's name dictates that some mediums believe that it can aid the ability to converse with angels.

Angelite is also deemed to be a stone which can help you focus on your inner peace and forge healthy relationships by aiding compassion and acceptance; especially of things that cannot be changed by your own actions.

This gemstone derives from the sulfate mineral class and is water soluable so it should not be cleaned using water.

We do on occasions stock angelite at Rosewill Cottage but it never lasts in the shop for more than a couple of days.