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ORTHOCLASE
ETYMOLOGY: It comes from the Greek terms ortho and klasis that signify "straight" and "breakage", respectively "straight break"

 
CRYSTAL SYSTEM: Monoclínico.
 
PRINCIPLE OF FORMATION: Primary
 
MINERAL CLASS: Silicates
 
CHEMICAL FORMULA, MINERAL ELEMENTS: K(AlSi3O8)
 
HARDNESS: 6 on the Mohs scale.
 
FIELDS: Spain, Czech Republic
 
 
 
MINERALOGY: Orthoclase, like all feldspars, belongs to the class of tectosilicates; is composed of potassium, aluminum, silicon oxygen, but often also contains sodium, orthoclase is a species with numerous varieties, among which is the adularia and valencianite. The orthoclase crystallizes in prismatic individuals less frequently formed elongated, which can reach large dimensions, the crystals, also almost always present as maclas by penetration and contact, orthoclase is hard and light; can be transparent and colorless, or translucent, opaque and colored in grayish white, yellowish with glitter of pearly vitreous.
 
 
MYTHOLOGY: The orthoclase is the most well-known and common feldspar, also known by various synonyms such as orthoses, k-feldspar, feldspar potassium, and alkali feldspar, in Spain it is one of the most abundant minerals, the best crystals come from La Cabrera (Somosierra).
 
 
PROPERTIES: It is said that orthoclase protects the love and loyalty of couples, it is a mineral that allows reason to prevail over emotions when making decisions, makes us optimistic, cheerful and cheerful , relieves worries, doubts mistrust, sharpens perception.

 

CHAKRAS: Crown.
 
ZODIAC SIGN: Pisces, cancer.
 
 
USES: As a flux in the manufacture of ceramics, the use of orthoclase within the porcelain industry encompasses vast fields: from the production of objects for both artistic and domestic use, to the manufacture of electrical insulators, dental pastes, special glasses and enamels ceramics. As a building material, collection, meditation, jewelry.