Andalusite derives its name from the Spanish province where it was first sighted in 1789. Its play of red, green and yellow hues resembles a muted iridescence with adaptable color tones.
Andalusite's ability to exhibit a variety of hues in a single stone, including light yellow-brown, olive, dusty rose, and gray-green, renders it difficult to pin down a leading color. This is a gem that displays pleochroism, meaning that it appears different colors when viewed from different angles. While gemcutters typically try to focus in on a single shade for other gemstones, they prefer to showcase andalusite's transitional ability by choosing gem material with a good mingling of hues. Andalusite has traditionally been a collector's gem and a rare find. While difficult to acquire in small jewelry shops, artisans are beginning to introduce this stone into their creations.
Brazil takes pride in its production of exquisite andalusite. We obtain andalusite from the Jenipapo mines in the Minas Gerais territory of Brazil.