Shortite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information


SHORTITE: Wyoming (0.5). Photo © Joel E. Arem, PhD, FGA. Used with permission.

Shortite is an exceedingly rare, not overly attractive mineral. Cut gems are among the rarest of all faceted stones. The material is a carbonate and is therefore fragile and soft.

Shortite Value

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Shortite Information

DataValue
NameShortite
Crystallography Orthorhombic. Crystals wedge-shaped, to maximum size of 155 mm.
Colors Colorless to pale yellow.
Luster Vitreous.
Fracture Conchoidal. Brittle.
Hardness 3.
Specific Gravity 2.60.
Birefringence 0.039.
Cleavage Distinct 1 direction.
Stone SizesVery small, less than 1 carat.
Luminescence Pinkish orange to orange-brown in SW (Green River, Wyoming).
Spectral Not diagnostic.
FormulaNa2Ca2(CO3)3

Optics: a=1.531; β=1.555; γ=1.570.

Biaxial (+),2V = 75°.

Occurrence: Occurs in clays from an oil well, 20 miles west of Green River, Wyoming: also in clay from an oil well in Uintah County, Utah.

Comments: Shortite is an exceedingly rare, not overly attractive mineral. Cut gems are among the rarest of all faceted stones. The material is a carbonate and is therefore fragile and soft.

Pyroelectric.

Name: After Maxwell N. Short, professor of mineralogy at the University of Arizona.