Staurolite

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A reddish-brown, brown, and black stone. It is famous because of its twinned crystals which forms the shape of a cross. The name has been derived from Greek word "stauros," which mean a cross. The twin is a classic penetration twin. It appears like two crystals grew into and out of each other. In fact, it forms two twin types. One of them is nearly 90 degrees and the other, nearly 60 degrees. The most sought and common is the 60 degree type. It was associated with Christianity, for the symbol cross and as a good luck charm. It is also called "Fairy Stone" or "Fairy Cross." Some of the scarcer specimens show both the twin forms and can really look like a blunt six rayed star.


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