Analcime Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

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Analcime

Large colorless crystals of Analcime are a great rarity although small transparent crystals are abundant. Faceted gems are extremely rare and seldom seen even in large collections. The hardness is marginal for wear, but the mineral has no cleavage and should present no difficulties in cutting.

Analcime Information

Data Value
Name Analcime
Colors Colorless, white, gray, yellowish, pink, greenish.
Crystallography Isometric; good crystals are common, usually trapezohedra. Massive, granular.
Refractive Index 1.479-1.493
Luster Vitreous.
Hardness 5-5.5
Fracture Subconchoidal
Specific Gravity 2.22 - 2.29
Birefringence None. Anomalous in polarized light.
Cleavage Indistinct
Stone Sizes Gems are nearly always colorless and less than 1-2 carats when faceted. Large crystals from Mt. Ste. Hilaire are white but may have small facetable areas. Crystals in basaltic cavities in general do not exceed ¼ inch in size and are transparent.
Luminescence Cream white in LW (Golden, Colorado).
Luminescence Present Yes
Luminescence Type Fluorescent, UV-Long
Transparency Transparent to opaque.
Absorption Spectrum Not diagnostic.
Phenomena Chatoyancy.
Formula

NaAlSi2O6 · H2O

Pleochroism

None

Optics

Isotropic; N = 1.479-1.493. May show anomalous birefringence.

Optics: Isotropic; N = 1.479-1.493.

Occurrence: Secondary mineral in basic igneous rocks; also in sedimentary rocks such as siltstones and sandstones. Washington, Oregon, and California (Columbia Plateau area).

Houghton County, Michigan.

New Jersey: Watchung basalt flows.

India: Deccan Plateau.

Nova Scotia: Bay of Fundy area.

Mt. Ste. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada.

Also Scotland, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Australia.

Comments: Large colorless crystals of Analcime are a great rarity although small transparent crystals are abundant. Faceted gems are extremely rare and seldom seen even in large collections. The hardness is marginal for wear, but the mineral has no cleavage and should present no difficulties in cutting.

Name: From the Greek analkis, meaning weak, because of the weak electric charge analcime develops when it is rubbed.