Both angelite and blue calcite are both beautiful stones, and at first glance, they can appear to be similar. They are both blue in color, translucent as well as share some similar metaphysical properties.
While they share similarities, they also share a lot of differences.
In today’s guide, let’s explore the differences between angelite and blue calcite. By the time you’re done, you should be able to distinguish the differences between the two.
Is blue calcite and angelite the same?
No! There are differences between the two, for sure. On the outside, these two stones can appear very different, however, as we’re about to explore, there are many differences.
Chemical composition: Calcite is a mineral of “calcium carbonate,” which is part of the calcite group. This means it contains calcium, carbon, and oxygen, formed from sedimentary environments over the millions of years. Angelite is a sulfate of calcium, which means it contains calcium, sulfur, and oxygen. It will form when gypsum is altered over time.
Color: Angelite is typically a lighter blue, whereas a blue calcite stone will range from a pale to darker blue. Blue calcite will have a much higher range of colors.
Crystal structure: Angelite has an orthorhombic crystal structure, which means that the atoms are arranged in a three mutually perpendicular axes. Simply put, it gives angelite a blocky or rectangular appearance. Blue calcite has a trigonal crystal structure, which means that the atoms are arranged in a repeating pattern with a three-fold symmetry. This will give blue calcite the hexagonal or rhombohedral shape, with slightly curved edges and rounded corners.
Hardness: On the Mohs scale of hardness, angelite is slightly tougher, measuring a 3.5, whereas blue calcite is a 3. If you’re unfamiliar with this scale, it measures the stone’s ability to resist being scratched, with a lower number meaning it’s soft. Both can be easily scratched with a knife or penny, for example.
Location: Angelite is often found in Peru, where it was first discovered, as well as Mexico, and some parts of the United States. Blue calcite is found in many locations worldwide, including the United States, Mexico, and Brazil. Every mine can produce different appearances, qualities and availability.
Luster: Angelite has a vitreous to silky, dull luster, which means it can reflect light in a soft manner that isn’t shiny or reflective. Blue calcite, on the other hand, has a vitreous to pearly luster. This means it can reflect light in a brighter, shinier manner that resembles glass. The luster can be affected by composition, structure and surface texture.
Transparency: Angelite is usually opaque or translucent, while blue calcite is usually transparent or translucent. Both of these crystals do allow light to pass through, but not enough to see objects clearly through them. The degree of transparency will greatly vary depending on the quality and thickness of the crystal, as some can be more opaque, whereas others can be more transparent. Overall, blue calcite will almost always be more transparent by a pinch than that of angelite.
Uses: Angelite is mainly used in jewelry and as a decorative stone, whereas blue calcite is commonly used in crystal healing, meditation, and as a decorative stone.
Are there similarities between angelite and blue calcite?
Yes! There are many similarities, which include the following:
Appearance: Both Angelite and blue calcite have a smooth, polished appearance when used as a decorative stone.
Color: While this is a difference, it can also be a similarity because both stones are blue in color, although the shades do vary.
Translucent: Both Angelite and blue calcite are translucent minerals, allowing light to pass through them.
Chakra alignment: Both Angelite and blue calcite are believed to be associated with the throat chakra and may aid in communication.
Metaphysical properties: In the metaphysical world, both stones are used in crystal healing and meditation, as they are believed to be a calming and soothing stone. They are often used in meditation to help promote relaxation, balance, and tranquility.
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