4.1" Polished Angelite (Blue Anhydrite) Stone - Peru

This is a 4.1" wide section of lilac blue Anglite from the Huancayo Region of Peru. It has been polished on one face and other face cut flat so that it sits nicely on a flat surface.

Angelite is the trade name for a a semi-transparent, glacier blue- to lilac-colored variety of anhydrite. Anhydrite is an evaporite mineral that occurs in extensive deposits where large volumes of sea water were evaporated, or as a vein-filling mineral in hydrothermal deposits. It is often associated with other evaporative minerals such as halite and gypsum.

Angelite deposits were first discovered in Peru in 1987. It has since been mined for use as a lapidary material. The stone is quite soft and is often found containing white specks and small cracks filled with orange-brown inclusions.

Note: Be careful not to clean angelite with water. Evaporative minerals are extremely water-soluble, so contact with water will permanently damage it.
Anhydrite var. Angelite
Huancayo Region, Peru
4.1" wide, 1.3" thick