The rare collector’s stone Sphene, is a brilliant, transparent ,yellowish-green or green with a high luster and pronounced fire. Sphene’s magnificent fire, unique color shades, strong pleochroism, adamantine (Diamond-like) luster, make it ideal for earrings and pendants that catch the light and show its sparkling qualities. Occasionally pink or brown, most Sphene is predominantly green or yellowish-green, with colorful flashes of the rainbow spectrum.
The name ‘Sphene’, comes from the word meaning wedge shaped, as it normally occurs in wedge shaped crystals. Several gemological characteristics make it beautiful and desirable as a collector’s stone or, with care, for jewelry use. Its dispersion (fire) is one of the highest of all gem materials, even higher than Diamond. The body color, degree of inclusions, cutting orientation and cutting style may enhance or obscure this feature. If well polished, the luster can approach or equal that of Diamond. The high birefringence usually makes some doubling of facet images visible within the stone giving it a degree of internal fuzziness similar to that often seen in Zircon or Peridot. A rare variety termed ‘Chrome Sphene’ is colored by chromium and is an intense green.
Why Buy Loose Gemstones Instead of Pre-Set Jewelry?
There are many reasons, but mainly it comes down to value and choice…
When buying your Sphene gemstone loose, instead of a pre-set stone, you can be sure that you are getting the best value for your money. Loose gemstones are often less expensive, a better value, and you can really see what you are paying for. The most important part of getting the best value, is to first see what you’re getting. A jewelry setting tends to hide the inclusions inside a gem, and can deepen or brighten its color. Jewelry settings also tend to hide poor faceting quality, masking poor craftsmanship through the overall ‘bling’ effect. With a loose gem, you can much more easily inspect and see it for what it really is.
The second advantage of buying a loose gemstone is choice. You are free to pick the exact color, cut, shape and variety of the stone for the setting of your dreams, be it yellow gold, white gold, platinum or silver; prong set or bezel set with Diamond accents. You can experience the joy of creating your very own, one-of-a-kind jewelry design. Choose from a variety of jewelry settings and styles to create a completely original presentation that will perfectly suit your individual gemstone and will be as unique as you are!
Hardness: Sphene is a very delicate gemstone with a hardness of about 5.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale.
Sources include: Brazil, Pakistan, Madagascar and Namibia.
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