Parisite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

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An overview on Parisite Jewelry and Gemstones. Covers details and essential information on the physical properties and characteristics of Parisite gemstones

Parisite Information

Data Value
Name Parisite
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.
Formula Ca(Ce,La)2(CO3)3F2.
Colors Brownish yellow, brown, grayish yellow.
Fracture Subconchoidal to splintery
Hardness 4.5
Cleavage Distinct basal parting or cleavage; perhaps due to alteration
Crystallography Hexagonal; crystals double hexagonal pyramids, often steep, sometimes prismatic, striated; sometimes rhombohedral.
Refractive Index 1.676-1.757
Birefringence 0.081
Luminescence Not reported.
Luminescence Present No
Absorption Spectrum Not diagnostic.
Pleochroism Weak.
Optics o = 1.676; = 1.757. Uniaxial (+).
Optic Sign Uniaxial +
Luster Vitreous to resinous; pearly on basal cleavage surfaces.
Specific Gravity 4.36
Transparency Transparent to translucent
Phenomena Asterism (rare)

Optics: o=1.676; e= 1.757.

Uniaxial (+).

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.

Muzo, Colombia.

Langesundsfford, 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.