A small but slightly chunkier angelite pendant featuring a distinctive blue coloured gemstone. Angelite is a popular lapidary material that's a variety of the mineral anhydrate. Although it can be found in different colours and in several countries around the world, only the blue coloured stone is officially known as angelite.
Anhydrate is a form of calcium sulphate which occurs naturally in both an anhydrous (without water) and hydrated (with water) form. The hydrated variety of is better known as gypsum which is the main ingredient of plaster and plaster of Paris. When mixed with water gypsum hardens because of the process of crystallisation. The name anhydrate comes from the Greek word anhydrous meaning without water.
Angelite is often carved into figurines but in particular angels because in the metaphysical world it's considered to be an angelic crystal that can help with communication on a higher realm. This calming stone is often used in conjunction with meditation because it's believed to deepen the meditative state. The vast majority of angelite which is available for sale in the UK comes from Peru.