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 Value

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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.
Fracture Subconchoidal to splintery
Hardness 4.5
Specific Gravity 4.36.
Birefringence 0.081.
Cleavage Distinct basal parting or cleavage; perhaps due to alteration
Stone SizesParisite is a rare mineral, and crystals are usually very small. Tiny faceted stones (all under 1 carat) have been cut from Montana material.
Luminescence Not reported.
Spectral Not diagnostic.
Pleochroism Weak.

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.