The Andesine owes its name to the place of its discovery in the lava of the Andes in Bolivia in 1841. The color varies from red to green through the champagne color. The most beautiful Andesine comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Also, Tibetan Andesine is popular. Andesine from Tibet is also known as "Tibetnite" and is sometimes called "Red Labradorite" because of its composition. Tibetan Andesine is produced in a harsh area where the altitude is so high that mining can only be done for a few hours a day. As a result, the amount of Andesine produced is very small and it is a rare natural stone. It is characterized by a wide range of colors, such as high transparency, light champagne color, brown and green stripes, and deep dark red color.