Wardite
Wardite

Wardite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information


Wardite is another of the many phosphates that have been cut by collectors. It is pale colored and not terribly attractive and is fairly soft and fragile. It is seen far more frequently as cabochons than as faceted stones.

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Wardite is another of the many phosphates that have been cut by collectors. It is pale colored and not terribly attractive and is fairly soft and fragile. It is seen far more frequently as cabochons than as faceted stones.

Wardite
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Occurrence: In phosphate masses in sediments, and in pegmatites.

Keystone, South Dakota; Pala, California.

Fairfield, Utah: in large nodules with variscite and other phosphates. Also at Amatrice Hill, Lucin, Utah.

Montebras, France: as an alteration of amblygonite.

West Andover, New Hampshire: in crystals to 1 cm.

Piedras Lavradas, Paraiba, Brazil: greenish white crystals to about 1 inch.

Comments: Wardite is another of the many phosphates that have been cut by collectors. It is pale colored and not terribly attractive and is fairly soft and fragile. It is seen far more frequently as cabochons than as faceted stones.

Name: After Henry A. Ward, American naturalist and collector.


Joel E. Arem, Ph.D., FGA

Dr. Joel E. Arem has more than 60 years of experience in the world of gems and minerals. After obtaining his Ph.D. in Mineralogy from Harvard University, he has published numerous books that are still among the most widely used references and guidebooks on crystals, gems and minerals in the world.

Co-founder and President of numerous organizations, Dr. Arem has enjoyed a lifelong career in mineralogy and gemology. He has been a Smithsonian scientist and Curator, a consultant to many well-known companies and institutions, and a prolific author and speaker. Although his main activities have been as a gem cutter and dealer, his focus has always been education. joelarem.com

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