Smaltite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

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Smaltite is a collectors oddity, cut only as cabochons. It is seldom seen in collections since it is not especially distinctive, with a color resembling other metallic sulfides and arsenides.

Smaltite Information

Data Value
Name Smaltite
Is a Variety of Skutterudite
Stone Sizes Cabochons could be cut to any size from massive material.
Formula (Co,Ni)As3. Considered to be an arsenic-deficient Skutterudite.
Colors Silver gray to tin white; may tarnish gray to iridescent.
Fracture Uneven to conchoidal
Hardness 5.5-6
Cleavage Distinct 2 directions
Crystallography Isometric. Crystals cubic to octahedral; massive. fine-grained.
Birefringence None
Luminescence None.
Luminescence Present No
Pleochroism None.
Luster Metallic.
Specific Gravity ~ 6.1.
Transparency Opaque.
Phenomena Iridescence.

Streak: Black.

Occurrence: Occurs in medium- to high-temperature veins, with Ni and Co minerals.

California; Colorado.

Cobalt district. Ontario and British Columbia, Canada.

Chile; Switzerland: Germany.

Comments: Smaltite is a collectors oddity, cut only as cabochons. It is seldom seen in collections since it is not especially distinctive, with a color resembling other metallic sulfides and arsenides.

Name: From its use as a source of cobalt for the pigment smalt, which is blue.

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