This Angelite comes from artisanal miners in Huancayo, Peru. The artisanal miners are digging near Casapalca Mine, an industrial pit mine. The large mine produces Zinc and other metals, as well as minerals such as Anhydrite. Angelite is a rare blue Anhydrite found in this area. Because it is a soft mineral, it is carefully mined by hand so that pieces can be polished into decorative collectables. It has a low environmental impact and is relatively low risk for miners.
This mine and lapidary is a family-run business in Peru that specializes in hand-polished stones. One brother is in charge of the mining, exporting and sales. The other brother manages the lapidary in Lima, Peru. The business sells exclusively at gem shows in France, Germany and the United States.
I first met the owner of the mine and lapidary at the 2014 Tucson Gem Show. At that time, he was set up with a single table and the only major Gem Show he attended was in Tucson. While most lapidaries sell their polished stones in pre-packaged bags by the pound or kilo, this seller allowed me to cherry pick through his stock and buy only the best. Since then, his spot in Tucson has expanded to four tables under a tent and he now sells at two of the major European shows. It has been fun to watch our businesses grow. Every Tucson Show, we go out to dinner and eat Peruvian food together.
Published July 2014 • Updated June 2023 • Read Time: 6 minutes Angelite is a rare blue Andradite found only in Peru. It is a fragile stone that chips easily and can only be mined by hand. Like all Andradites, it grows in a dry desert environment and so water will damage it. Angelite’s sweet energy was first explored at in the late 1980s during a global meditation event for world peace. Participants gathered at special places around the world, including Manchu Pichu in Peru. It continues to be a favorite stone for anyone seeking peace, whether on a personal level or on a world level. It reminds us that there is a big difference between creating real peace and merely “keeping the peace” while allowing problems to go unchecked. Angelite connects us to our guardian angels and to become the best version of ourselves. […]