Hurlbutite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information
Hurlbutite is an extremely rare mineral. Minute, colorless faceted stones have been cut from fragments.
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|Crystallography||Orthorhombic; crystals prismatic, chunky, with etched surfaces and striations.|
|Colors||Colorless to greenish white; may be stained yellow.|
|Luster||Vitreous to greasy.|
|Transparency||Transparent to translucent.|
|Optics||a = 1.595; β = 1.601; γ = 1.604. Biaxial (-).|
|Etymology||After Cornelius Hurlbut, well-known professor of mineralogy at Harvard University.|
|Occurrence||In pegmatite with muscovite, albite, and other minerals.|
To date, only hurlbutite from the type locality, Chandlers Mill, Newport, New Hampshire, has yielded clean, cuttable gem material. However, finding this seldom seen stone as a faceted gem would be quite unusual.
Strontiohurlbutites have a light blue color, while hurlbutites range from white to greenish white.
In laboratories, scientists have created both hurlbutites and strontiohurlbutites for research purposes using a hydrothermal process. However, no jewelry use of these synthetics is known.
Gem-quality hurlbutites come from the Smith Mine, Chandlers Mill, Newport, New Hampshire.
Other sources include:
- United States: Maine, South Dakota.
- Czech Republic; Finland; Spain; Sweden; Zimbabwe.
Fujian Province, China produces strontiohurlbutite.
Faceted gems, transparent and colorless, all fall under one carat in size.
You’re more likely to find hurlbutites, if at all, in comprehensive mineral collections than jewelry collections. With no cleavage and a hardness of 6, just below quartz, the small, transparent and colorless gems would make interesting conversation pieces if worn with care. (These conversations would likely dwell on their rarity). Consult our Gemstone Jewelry Cleaning Guide for more information.