Astrophyllite is a very rare, brown to golden yellow hydrous potassium iron titanium
silicate mineral. The name comes from the Greek words astron meaning "star" and
phyllon meaning "leaf." sharply with the light coloured matrix the mineral is regularly
found within. Astrophyllite is usually opaque to translucent, but may be transparent in
thin specimens. The mineral is mostly interesting for scientists and collectors, though
sometimes it is also used in jewellery where it is fashioned into cabochons.
- Astrophyllite was first discovered in 1854 at its type locality; Laven Island, Norway.
It is found in a few scarce, remote localities: Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada;
Pikes Peak, Colorado, USA; Narsarsuk and Kangerdluarsuk, Greenland; Brevig,
Norway; and the Kola Peninsula, Russia.
- Metaphysical properties of this stone include the ability to enhance confidence,
intellect, insight, and recovery and to bring to life hidden forces.