Colour: Light to mid blue in colour.
Hardness: 7½ (on Moh’s hardness scale.)
Specific Gravity: 2.69. This is an indication of the stone's density, calculated by comparing the stone's weight with the weight of an equal volume of water.
Refractive Index: 1.57 to 1.58. This is a measure of the amount light is bent from its original path when passing through a stone.
Chemical composition: Beryllium aluminium silicate. Part of the Beryl family of minerals.
Principal sources: Brazil, Russia, Afghanistan, and India.