An overview on Parisite Jewelry and Gemstones. Covers details and essential information on the physical properties and characteristics of Parisite gemstones
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|Crystallography||Hexagonal; crystals double hexagonal pyramids, often steep, sometimes prismatic, striated; sometimes rhombohedral.|
|Colors||Brownish yellow, brown, grayish yellow.|
|Luster||Vitreous to resinous; pearly on basal cleavage surfaces.|
|Cleavage||Distinct basal parting or cleavage; perhaps due to alteration. Fracture subconchoidal to splintery; brittle.|
|Stone Sizes||Parisite is a rare mineral, and crystals are usually very small. Tiny faceted stones (all under 1 carat) have been cut from Montana material.|
Optics: o=1.676; e= 1.757.
Occurrence: In carbonaceous shale beds in the emerald deposits of Muzo, Colombia: also as typical inclusions in emerald crystals. Also in alkali pegmatites in Norway.
Italy; Madagascar; Manchuria.
Quincy, Massachusetts: Ravalli County, Montana.
Name: After J. J. Paris, proprietor of the mine at Muzo where the mineral was first discovered.