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Spodumene

The name spodumene derives from the Greek meaning burnt to ashes describing the non-gem colorless or gray variety of spodumene. There are two varieties of spodumene considered “gem quality”; hiddenite and kunzite.

Colossal Mid-Century Kunzite Ring

Gemological Information for Spodumene

  
Color:Yellowish Green, Pink-Violet, Colorless
Crystal Structure:Monoclinic
Refractive Index:Monoclinic
Durability:Poor
Hardness:6 to 7
Family:Spodumene
Similar Stones:Tourmaline, Kornerupine, Phenakite, Peridot, Beryl
Treatments:Irradiation
Country of Origin:Madagascar, Brazil, Afganistan, U.S.

Spodumene Care

  
Ultrasonic Cleaning:Never
Steam Cleaning:Never
Warm Soapy Water:Safe
Chemical Attack:Hydrofluoric Acid
Light Sensitivity:Kunzite Fades, Irradiated Green Quickly Fades
Heat Sensitivity:Sensitive to High Temperatures

Sources

  • Gem Reference Guide, Los Angeles: Gemological Institute of America, 1988. Pp. 229-231.
  • Newman, Harold. An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, New York: Thames and Hudson, 1981. Pp. 287.
  • Schumann, Walter. Gemstones of the World, New York: Sterling Publishing, Co., 1977. Pp. 114.