Gadolinite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information


Gadolinite
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This is not a terribly attractive gemstone, but faceted gems would be a tremendous rarity. The material is quite brittle, but there is no cleavage to cause problems in cutting. I do not know of the existence of a faceted gem at this writing.

Gadolinite Value

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Gadolinite Information

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NameGadolinite
Crystallography Monoclinic. Crystals rough and coarse often terminated; massive.
Colors Black, greenish black, brown, very rarely light green.
Luster Vitreous to greasy.
Fracture Conchoidal. Brittle.
Specific Gravity 4.0-4.65 (usually 4.4); metamict material 4.2.
Birefringence High, and variable 0.01-0.04.
Cleavage None.
Stone SizesNorwegian crystals have been found up to 4 inches across and nodules up to 60 pounds have been unearthed in Texas. This massive material cuts cabochons up to several pounds. Faceted gems, however, would be very tiny and very rare since the mineral is rarely transparent, even in thin splinters.
FormulaBe2FeY2Si2O10

Streak: Greenish gray.

Optics:  a = 1.77-1.78; γ= 1.78-1.82.

Biaxial ( + ), 2V = 85°. Usually metamict and amorphous, hence isotropic.

Occurrence: Granites and granite pegmatites. Colorado; Texas; Arizona.

Greenland; Sweden; Norway; USSR; Japan; Switzerland; Australia.

Comments: This is not a terribly attractive gemstone, but faceted gems would be a tremendous rarity. The material is quite brittle, but there is no cleavage to cause problems in cutting. I do not know of the existence of a faceted gem at this writing.

Name: After the Swedish chemist, J. Gadolin.