Yugawaralite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information
Yugawaralite is a very rare colorless to pinkish zeolite mineral. Little facetable material exists, so a cut yugawaralite would be a prized addition to a gem collection.
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|Is a Variety of||Zeolite|
|Crystallography||Monoclinic: crystals tabular and very flat.|
|Colors||Colorless, white, pinkish.|
|Formula||CaAl2Si6O16 · 4H2O.|
|Optics||a = 1.495; β = 1.497; γ = 1.504. Biaxial (+).|
|Etymology||Named after its type locality, Yugawara Hot Spring, Japan.|
|Occurrence||In veins and crystals in volcanic rocks (Japan) and in huge crystals in breccia cavities (India).|
The Kandivali Quarry near Mumbai, India has produced superb, well-formed colorless and transparent crystals close to the literature values for yugawaralite. A few faceted gems have been cut from this exceptional and extremely rare material.
Scientists have synthesized yugawaralites as well as other zeolites for chemical and mineralogical research. However, there is no known jewelry use for this synthetic material.
Japan, notably Honshu Island, produces gemmy material. Yugawara Hot Spring, Kanagawa Prefecture is the type locality for yugawaralite.
India, most notably the Kandivali Quarry, produces small amounts of facetable material.
Other notable crystal sources include the following:
- United States: Alaska; Washington; Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
- British Columbia, Canada; Iceland; Sardinia, Italy; Réunion Island.
The Kandivali Quarry can produce gem-quality crystals up to 3 cm long.
You’re more likely to find yugawaralites, if at all, in gem collections than jewelry collections. If used in jewelry, these stones would require protective settings and occasional wear only. Their hardness of 4.5 means they can be scratched very easily, and their very brittle tenacity means they’re more likely than most gems to fracture from impact. Clean these gemstones only with a warm damp cloth, mild detergent, and soft brush. For more care recommendations, consult our gemstone jewelry cleaning guide.