Pyrrohotite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

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

Pyrrohotite Value

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Pyrrohotite Information

Crystallography Hexagonal; also orthorhombic, monoclinic, depending on stoichiometry. Crystals tabular, platy, pyramidal, sometimes in clusters (rosettes); usually massive or granular.
Colors Bronze-yellow to bronze-red or brownish; tarnishes readily, becomes iridescent.
Luster Metallic.
Fracture Subconchoidal to uneven, Sometimes basal parting observed
Hardness 3.5-4.5
Specific Gravity 4.58-4.65
Cleavage None
Stone SizesCabochons of almost any size could be cut from the massive material. Such stones are always opaque and metallic and can be attractive.
Transparency Opaque.

Streak: grayish black.

Other Tests: Magnetic, varying in intensity, lost on heating. Decomposed by HCl.

Occurrence: Associated with pyrite and other sulfides throughout the world, often as a magmatic segregation in basic igneous rocks. Occasionally in pegmatites and contact metamorphic rocks, fumaroles, and basalts. Also occurs in meteorites.

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

Morro Velho, Brazil.

Rumania; Italy; Germany; Norway; Sweden.

Potosi Mine, Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Pennsylvania; Tennessee; New York; Maine; Connecticut.

Name: From a Greek word meaning reddish.