Inderite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information


Inderite
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Inderite is very soft and difficult to cut, and only a few stones have been cut by hobbyists. There is plenty of cuttable material in existence, and although the material comes from only a few localities, it is not considered a great rarity. The surface of cut stones may become white and cloudy after cutting; care must be taken in storage and to dry the stones after cutting.

Inderite Value

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Inderite Information

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NameInderite
VarietiesKurnakovite
Alternate Common NamesAlso known as Lesserite; dimorph of Kurnakovite.
Crystallography Monoclinic. Crystals prismatic, up to 10 x 1cm; nodular; acicular crystals also.
Colors Colorless; massive varieties white to pink.
Luster Vitreous; pearly on cleavage.
Fracture Uneven; brittle.
Hardness 2.5.
Specific Gravity 1.78-1.86.
Birefringence 0.017 0.020.
Cleavage Perfect 1 direction.
Stone SizesGems over 50 carats or more could be cut from large transparent crystals.
Luminescence None.
FormulaMg2B6O11 · 15H2O.

Optics: a = 1.486-1.489; β= 1.488-1.493; γ= 1.504-1.507.

Biaxial (+), 2V= 37-52°.

Occurrence: Borate deposits in arid regions.

Kern County, California: large crystals, often transparent. Inder borate deposit, Kazakhstan, USSR: as nodules in red clay.

Comments: Inderite is very soft and difficult to cut, and only a few stones have been cut by hobbyists. There is plenty of cuttable material in existence, and although the material comes from only a few localities, it is not considered a great rarity. The surface of cut stones may become white and cloudy after cutting; care must be taken in storage and to dry the stones after cutting.

Name: After the locality, Inder Lake, Kazakhstan, USSR.