Zunyite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

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An overview on Zunyite Jewelry and Gemstones. Covers details and essential information on the physical properties and characteristics of Zunyite gemstone.

Zunyite Information

Data Value
Name Zunyite
Stone Sizes Cuttable zunyite may be found in Japanese material but has never been reported. However, in 1986 enormous (up to 2 cm) crystals of zunyite were found in a prospect pit near Quartzsite, Arizona. These are perfect tetrahedra, pale beige—brown in color, in matrix. Minute areas of some of these crystals were perfectly transparent, colorless, and suitable for cutting into faceted gems up to ½ carat in size.
Formula Al13Si5O20(OH,F)18Cl.
Colors Colorless, grayish, pale beige—brown.
Hardness 7
Cleavage Easy 1 direction
Crystallography Isometric, typically in tetrahedral crystals, rarely octahedrons; twinned.
Refractive Index 1.600
Birefringence None
Luminescence Fluoresces intense red (Quartzsite).
Luminescence Present Yes
Luminescence Type Fluorescent
Absorption Spectrum Not diagnostic.
Pleochroism None.
Optics N = 1.600.
Luster Vitreous.
Specific Gravity 2.87
Transparency Transparent to translucent.

Optics: N =1.600.

Occurrence: At the type locality, the Zuni mine, near Silverton, Colorado, enclosed in guitermanite; also as a vein mineral in Ouray County, Colorado, and as an alteration product of feldspar in a dike rock in Saguache County.

Quartzsite, Arizona: large crystals.

Postmasburg, South Africa: in aluminous shales.

Kuni village, Gamma Prefecture, Japan: transparent tetrahedral crystals.


Name: After the type locality in Colorado.

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