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Sunday, March 25, 2012
Axinite is mined from Brazil, Mexico, France, Sri Lanka, Russia, Tanzania and Pakistan. It comes in on the hardness scale 6.5 to 7 so it does need to be handled with some care. It is best used in necklaces and earrings since those pieces of jewelry don't take a beating like rings and bracelets.
The color play on this gemstone is simply beautiful. You will find it in a light golden brown to reddish brown, similar to a Smokey Quartz but not as intense in color. This gemstone is usually moderately priced but not as expensive as a gem like Tanzanite.
Care & Cleaning Tips:
Just like all semi-precious gemstones, you want to take some care with your Axinite Jewelry. You never want to submerge your jewelry in water or cleaning agents. If it gets dirty and needs a light cleaning you can simply wipe it off with a slightly dampened cotton cloth. If you find that your jewelry piece needs a more heavy duty cleaning then its best to let a professional handle it.
You need to store your jewelry in a nice protective lined jewelry box and don't stack other jewelry items on top if it. Also never store your jewelry in extreme heat, extreme cold or in moisture-rich environments as it can damage the delicate stone.