Meliphanite is an extremely rare gemstone, and perhaps fewer than 5-10 faceted stones have ever been cut.
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|Crystallography||Tetragonal. Crystals thin and tabular; also aggregates.|
|Colors||Colorless, shades of yellow. reddish.|
|Cleavage||Perfect 1 direction. Fracture uneven. Brittle.|
|Stone Sizes||Crystal clusters have been found up to several inches long. Clean, facetable material is very rare, however; the material is sometimes cut into small cabochons.|
|Pleochroism||Distinct in shades of yellow and red.|
MELIPHANITE (= MELINOPHANE)
Optics: o = 1.612; e=1.593.
Occurrence: Nepheline syenites and skarns.
Julienhaab district, Greenland; Langesundsfford, Norway:
Comments: Meliphanite is an extremely rare gemstone, and perhaps fewer than 5-10 faceted stones have ever been cut.
Name: From Greek words meaning appearing as honey, in allusion to the color.