Hodgkinsonite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information


Hodgkinsonite is one of the rarest of all collector gems. Cut stones are bright and richly colored, but the crystals were never abundant and still fewer had transparent areas. Fewer than 10 cut stones may exist.

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Hodgkinsonite is one of the rarest of all collector gems. Cut stones are bright and richly colored, but the crystals were never abundant and still fewer had transparent areas. Fewer than 10 cut stones may exist.

Hodgkinsonite: Franklin, New Jersey. (0.35). Photo © Joel E. Arem, PhD, FGA. Used with permission.

Opticsa = 1.720; , β= 1.741; γ= 1.746.

Biaxial (- ), 2V= 52°.

Occurrence: in metamorphosed limestone at Franklin, New Jersey with various other Zn and Mn minerals. Individual crystals reached ¾ inch in diameter, in veins up to several inches thick. The material was mined out years ago.

Comments: Hodgkinsonite is one of the rarest of all collector gems. Cut stones are bright and richly colored, but the crystals were never abundant and still fewer had transparent areas. Fewer than 10 cut stones may exist.

Name: After H. H. Hodgkinson of Franklin, New Jersey, who discovered the mineral.


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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