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Euclase Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

Although hard enough to be worn safely in jewelry, euclase in beautiful colors is rare over a few carats. It’s also a difficult gem to facet.

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Although hard enough to be worn safely in jewelry, euclase in beautiful colors is rare over a few carats. It’s also a difficult gem to facet.

oval-cut euclase - Brazil
Oval-cut, pale yellow euclase, 4.26 cts, 12.8 x 9.8 x 5.2 mm, Ouro Preto, Brazil. © ARK Rare Gems. Used with permission.

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Euclase Value

euclases - Brazil
Euclases: Brazil (ca 0.3 to 1.3). Photo © Joel E. Arem, PhD, FGA. Used with permission.

Does Euclase Make a Good Jewelry Stone?

Colorless euclase may not look terribly exciting, but faceted pieces can have exceptional brilliance. Strongly colored euclases in blue or green are prized by collectors of rare gems. Violet is the rarest and most desired color.

euclase - Zimbabwe
Kite step-cut blue euclase, 0.55 cts, 7.3 x 4 mm, Lost Hope Mine, Zimbabwe. © The Gem Trader. Used with permission.

With hardness ranging from 6.5 to 7.5, euclases would make good jewelry stones, but they present some challenges for faceters. Their perfect cleavage in one direction makes cutting a bit tricky. Jewelers would also need to set this stone with care, especially in a ring, to avoid placing stress on its cleavage plane. Use protective settings for rings and make sure you discuss with your jeweler how best to set any euclases.

euclase ring
Sterling silver gilt ring featuring a pear-cut euclase in a bezel setting with a synthetic sapphire accent. Photo courtesy of liveauctioneers.com and Clars Auction Gallery.

Identifying Characteristics

Euclases may have variable hardness even within the same crystal.

Most euclases receive what color they have from traces of iron. However, some euclases from Colombia receive their greenish blue color from traces of chromium. These stones appear red under a Chelsea filter.

light green euclase crystals - Colombia
Set of euclases, light grass-green with hints of blue, 1.5 x 0.9 x 0.5 cm, Gachala, Guavio-Guateque Mining District, Boyaca Department, Colombia. © Rob Lavinsky, www.iRocks.com. Used with permission.

Are There Synthetic Euclases?

No known synthetics.

Be aware that some aquamarines have been misrepresented as much rarer light blue or green euclases to sell for more money. Although euclase can form geologically from the decomposition of beryl and is often found with beryl, they're distinct mineral species. They have different optical and physical properties.

Euclase Enhancements

Radiation treatments can turn colorless euclases green or blue.

Where are Euclases Found?

bi-color euclase - Brazil
Bi-color colorless/blue euclase, 0.45 cts, 5 x 4 mm, emerald cut, Brazil. © The Gem Trader. Used with permission.

Brazil produces most cuttable, gem-quality euclases.

In Minas Gerais, Ouro Preto yields fine gem material in good crystals up to a length of about 6 cm.

Santana de Encoberto yields material with high birefringence and included crystals of apatite, hematite, rutile, and zircon.

BoaVista also yields cuttable crystals.

Other notable gem-quality sources include the following locations:

  • Miami, Zimbabwe produces cuttable crystals in shades of intense, cobaltian blue hue, some look like fine sapphires.
blue euclases - Zimbabwe
Gemmy, blue euclases, 2.7 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm, Karoi District, Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe. © Rob Lavinsky, www.iRocks.com. Used with permission.
  • Orenburg District, South Urals, Russia: cuttable crystals.
  • Austria; Colombia; Ireland; Myanmar; Norway; Morogoro District, Tanzania; Colorado, United States.
oval-cut euclase - Russia
Oval-cut, pale yellow euclase, 3.60 cts, 11.2 x 8.8 x 5.7 mm, Russia. © ARK Rare Gems. Used with permission.

Stone Sizes

Crystals most commonly occur in small sizes, about 1" for colorless material. Most euclases are, in fact, colorless. Strongly colored material is very rare. Blue and green gems are scarce over 2-3 carats. Some Brazilian violet crystals reportedly could yield stones up to 10 carats.

Colorless gems over 5-6 carats are also rare, although stones up to about 20 carats have been cut. Gems reported over 50 carats are museum pieces.

  • Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC): 144 (lime green, Brazil); 48.7 (green): 12.5 green, Brazil; 8.9 (yellow, Brazil); 3.7 (blue-green, Brazil).
  • Devonian Group (Calgary, Alberta, Canada): 15.45 (colorless, Brazil): 14.0 (mint green, Brazil).
  • Private Collection: 18.29 (blue-green oval, Brazil); 7.43 (blue, Brazil).
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Euclases: Brazil (5.49, 1.34). Photo © Joel E. Arem, PhD, FGA. Used with permission.

Caring for Euclase Gemstones

Due to their perfect cleavage, don't clean euclases with mechanical systems. Use only warm water, mild detergent, and a soft brush.

For more cleaning recommendations, consult our gemstone jewelry care guide.

euclase - Brazil
Euclase: Brazil (0.89). Photo © Joel E. Arem, PhD, FGA. Used with permission.

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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