Shortite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information
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.
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|Crystallography||Orthorhombic. Crystals wedge-shaped, to maximum size of 155 mm.|
|Colors||Colorless to pale yellow.|
|Cleavage||Distinct 1 direction|
|Stone Sizes||Very small, less than 1 carat.|
|Luminescence||Pinkish orange to orange-brown in SW (Green River, Wyoming).|
|Absorption Spectrum||Not diagnostic.|
|Optics||a = 1.531; β = 1.555; γ = 1.570. Biaxial (+), 2V = 75°.|
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.
Name: After Maxwell N. Short, professor of mineralogy at the University of Arizona.