A natural bluish-green aluminum silicate mineral. Kyanite has transparent, triclinic long-bladed crystals that appear fibrous or blade-like. It is a common mineral; most of the world's production is from mines in India, Kenya, Ural Mountains, Austria, Italy (Trentino), Switzerland, France and the United States (Massachusetts, Connecticut, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia). Some clear blue kyanite crystals have been used as gemstones. Kyanite powder, obtained from Florida beach sands, is used for glassmaking and ceramics. Since kyanite is refractory, it is commonly used for lining furnaces. A synthetic kyanite, called Cerox ceramic, is also used for furnace parts.
Synonyms and Related Terms
yanite; disthene; rhoetizite; Cerox ceramic; aluminum silicate; Kyanit (Deut.); Cyanit (Deut.); cianite (It., Port.); kyaniet (Ned.)
Triclinic system. Luster = vitreous to pearly. Fracture = splintery. Streak = colorless.
Cleavage is perfect lengthwise and good in another direction.
Mohs hardness is 4-5 lengthwise and 6-7 crosswise.
|Mohs Hardness||4 - 7 (directional)|
|Refractive Index||1.71; 1.72; 1.73|
Mineralogy Database: Kyanite
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