Meliphanite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information


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Meliphanite is an extremely rare gemstone, and perhaps fewer than 5-10 faceted stones have ever been cut.

Meliphanite Value

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Meliphanite Information

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NameMeliphanite
Crystallography Tetragonal. Crystals thin and tabular; also aggregates.
Colors Colorless, shades of yellow. reddish.
Luster Vitreous.
Fracture Uneven; brittle.
Hardness 5-5.5.
Specific Gravity 3.0-3.03.
Birefringence 0.019.
Cleavage Perfect 1 direction.
Stone SizesCrystal clusters have been found up to several inches long. Clean, facetable material is very rare, however; the material is sometimes cut into small cabochons.
Luminescence None.
Spectral Not diagnostic.
Formula(Ca,Na)2Be(Si,Al)2(O,OH,F)7.
Pleochroism Distinct in shades of yellow and red.

MELIPHANITE (= MELINOPHANE)

Optics: o = 1.612; e=1.593.

Uniaxial (-).

Occurrence: Nepheline syenites and skarns.

Julienhaab district, Greenland; Langesundsfford, Norway:

Gugiya, China.

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.