Sphene History

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Sphenes

Sphene is one of the newest gemstones to be discovered, taking its name from the Greek work for “wedge” - due to its typical wedge shaped crystal habit.   It is sometimes known as “Titanite” mainly due to its titanium content, and its color is generally green, yellow and light white, yet in some forms it can also be brown and even black.

The gem however, has a greater fire (dispersion) than a Diamond and is therefore ideal when set in earrings or pendants that are designed to be fluid. Its double refraction enables the light that travels through the gem to be split into two directions creating an array of colors that are exceptionally beautiful.

Strongly colored Sphenes are also heavily pleochroic (different colors displayed when gem is turned in different directions) and a wide variety of colors are displayed in good quality specimens.

The stone properties range from transparent to translucent, with an adamantine luster and hardness between 5 and 5.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.  

The gemstone is mined in Pakistan; Mount Vesuvius, Italy; Russia; Canada and the USA.

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