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gaspeiteGaspeite


Consumer Information
 
What color is it?: Gaspeite is a medium green color with yellow modifying color as seen above.
 
What is the story behind this gemstone?: Named for its main source of occurrence, Gaspe, Quebec, Canada this gemstone is a
fairly new item on the gemstone market. It has a pleasing "earth green" color and wears very well.
 
Can I wear it everyday?: Yes, for most purposes it will wear well with a hardness of about 4.8.
 
Is it expensive?: Relatively inexpensive. About the same price as a nice piece of Lapis Lazuli in the finest quality.
 
Is it a birthstone?: No
 
What do I need to know before going shopping?: First, don't shop for gaspeite on eBay. This is a rather rare gem material that is only now being found in the open markets. I found the above specimen at the Tucson show. It is a very pretty stone that matches well with other earth tone gem materials.

gaspeite
 
 
General Information

 

 

 

 

 

Rough gaspeite shown above

 
Source: Canada
 
Chemical: (Ni,Mg,Fe)Co3 A member of the calcite group of minerals
 
Formation: In volcanic rock formation
 
Crystal System: Trigonal but rarely seen as crystals
 
Unusual Properties: None

Gemological Information
 
RI: 1.61 - 1.83
 
Birefringence: .22
 
Optic Character: B-
 
Specific Gravity: 3.21
 
Hardness: 4.8
 
Transparency: Opaque
 
Special Identifying Properties and Tests: None
 
Synthetics: None known at this time
 
Imitations: None known at this time

 

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