Simpsonite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information


SIMPSONITE: Brazil (0.27). Photo © Joel E. Arem, PhD, FGA. Used with permission.

Simpsonite is an extremely rare gemstone. The material from Western Australia is bright yellow-orange and very beautiful. The mineral is hard and durable, with no cleavage, and could easily become a popular gemstone if it were more abundant. Gems over 1 carat should be considered extremely rare because clean material is a very small percentage of the limited supply of simpsonite that has been found.

Simpsonite Value

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Simpsonite Information

DataValue
NameSimpsonite
Crystallography Hexagonal. Crystals tabular, prismatic; also in crystalline masses.
Colors Colorless, pale yellow, cream white, light brown, orange.
Luster Vitreous, adamantine.
Fracture Conchoidal. Brittle.
Hardness 7-7.5.
Specific Gravity 5.92-6.84.
Birefringence 0.058.
Cleavage None.
Stone SizesCrystals have been found up to 5 cm but only tiny stones have been cut from available rough. Ln general, stones are only seen from Brazil and Australia. A typical size is 0.5-1 carat.
Luminescence In SW. bright blue-white (Western Australia), bright pale yellow (Bikita, Zimbabwe), medium pale yellow (Ecuador) or light blue (Paraiba, Brazil).
Spectral Not diagnostic.
FormulaAl4Ta3O13(OH).
Pleochroism None.

Optics: o= 2.034; e=1.976.

Uniaxial (-).

Occurrence: In granite pegmatites, usually with biotite.

Bikita, Zimbabwe; Alto do Giz, Ecuador; Kola Peninsula, USSR.

Onca and Paraiba, Brazil: facetable material.

Tabba Tabba. Western Australia: facetable yellowish crystals.

Comments: Simpsonite is an extremely rare gemstone. The material from Western Australia is bright yellow-orange and very beautiful. The mineral is hard and durable, with no cleavage, and could easily become a popular gemstone if it were more abundant. Gems over 1 carat should be considered extremely rare because clean material is a very small percentage of the limited supply of simpsonite that has been found.

Name: After Dr. E. S. Simpson, former government mineralogist of Western Australia.