Zektzerite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information
Small, cuttable crystals of very rare zektzerite are found only in a mountainous location in Washington state. Faceted pieces would make prized specimens for any collection of American gems.
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|Crystallography||Orthorhombic crystals generally tabular, pseudo-hexagonal.|
|Colors||Colorless to pink, white, light brownish/tan, light yellowish orange/peach, light purplish pink/lavender. Sometimes has color zoning.|
|Luster||Pearly on crystal faces, vitreous on cleavage and fracture surfaces.|
|Cleavage||Perfect in 2 directions|
|Luminescence||Fluoresces light yellow or blue in SW, inert in LW, no phosphorescence either SW or LW.|
|Transparency||Transparent to translucent.|
|Optics||α = 1.582; β = 1.584; γ = 1.584. Biaxial (-).|
|Etymology||After Jack Zektzer of Seattle, Washington, who initiated the investigation of the newly discovered mineral.|
|Occurrence||Very rarely in miarolitic cavities in riebeckite granite.|
|Inclusions||Liquid-filled fingerprints, veils, crystals.|
This large, translucent off-white zektzerite crystal fluoresces blue under UV light. 3.1 x 2.0 x 1.9 cm, Washington Pass, Okanogan County, Washington, USA. © Rob Lavinsky, www.iRocks.com. Used with permission.
No known gemstone enhancements or treatments.
Crystals also occur in Dara-i-Pioz massif, Alai Range, Tien Shan, Tajikistan.
Zektzerite rough and cut set, 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.3 cm (peach-tan crystal on matrix), 0.15 cts (gem, square brilliant cut, 3.1 mm), Washington Pass, Okanogan County, Washington. © Rob Lavinsky, www.iRocks.com. Used with permission.
Crystals may occur in sizes up to 35 mm in size. Some have enough transparency to yield small faceted gems, less than 2 carats. Typical crystals range in size from 4-15 mm in size, sometimes perched on riebeckite crystals.
Cuttable material and, thus, cut stones are exceedingly rare.
You’re more likely to find zektzerites in mineral collections, if at all, than in jewelry collections. Any zektzerites in jewelry should have protective settings. Since they have a hardness of 6, they have greater susceptibility to scratches than more common jewelry stones like quartz and topaz. Their perfect cleavage in two directions and brittle tenacity also make them susceptible to damage from impacts. Therefore, clean these gemstones only with a warm damp cloth, mild detergent, and soft brush. For more care recommendations, consult our gemstone jewelry cleaning guide.