Bismutotantalite - Madagascar
Bismutotantalite - Madagascar

Bismutotantalite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information


Extremely rare as a cut gem, even in very complete collections. Many of the minerals in the tantalite group have been faceted; bismutotantalite is perhaps the rarest of them all. The color is attractive, but low hardness and good cleavage make use in jewelry unadvisable.

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Extremely rare as a cut gem, even in very complete collections. Many of the minerals in the tantalite group have been faceted; bismutotantalite is perhaps the rarest of them all. The color is attractive, but low hardness and good cleavage make use in jewelry unadvisable.

Bismutotantalite - Madagascar
“Bismutotantalite,” Madagascar, 0.5 cts. Photo © Joel E. Arem, PhD, FGA. Used with permission.

STREAKYellow-brown to black

OPTICS: α = 2.388; β = 2.403; γ = 2.428

Biaxial (+), 2V = 80°

OCCURRENCE: Pegmatites.

Gamba Hill, Uganda; Acari, Brazil.

COMMENTS: Extremely rare as a cut gem, even in very complete collections. Many of the minerals in the tantalite group have been faceted; bismutotantalite is perhaps the rarest of them all. The color is attractive, but low hardness and good cleavage make use in jewelry unadvisable.

NAME: On account of the composition.


Joel E. Arem, Ph.D., FGA

Dr. Joel E. Arem has more than 60 years of experience in the world of gems and minerals. After obtaining his Ph.D. in Mineralogy from Harvard University, he has published numerous books that are still among the most widely used references and guidebooks on crystals, gems and minerals in the world.

Co-founder and President of numerous organizations, Dr. Arem has enjoyed a lifelong career in mineralogy and gemology. He has been a Smithsonian scientist and Curator, a consultant to many well-known companies and institutions, and a prolific author and speaker. Although his main activities have been as a gem cutter and dealer, his focus has always been education. joelarem.com

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