"The light, power and mystery radiating from a colored gem are a primal attraction.  Wars have been fought over them, women are wooed by them, and babies instinctually reach for them.  Why?  Because to hold such a gem is to touch infinity."   Clay Zava, Zava Mastercuts


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Sphene, also known as Titanite because of its titanium content, is a very rare gemstone.  It possesses a nice luster and brilliance along with fantastic dispersion, producing a dazzling sparkle of yellow, green, brown, cognac and red.

This stone was cut by Clay Zava of Zava Mastercuts, an award winning gem stone cutter.  This exceptional gemstone is Pillow cut, it weighs 8.36cts and measures 10.4mm X 10.4mm X 8.7mm. The rough is from Pakistan.

It is very rare to have a stone over 5 carats with this clarity, diamond-like dispersion, and wonderful play of colors.

Sphene does possess a hardness of 5 - 5.5 on the Mohs scale, as such would be recommended for use in a pendant or brooch.  Special care should also be taken when cleaning a Sphene, since household dust contains quartz which has a hardness of 7, will scratch and abrade the surface of the stone. It should be cleaned with soapy water and a soft cloth, rinsing well to remove the soap residue.  Do not expose stone to harsh chemicals or cleaners.  When storing in a jewelry box, wrap in a soft cloth preventing the stone from contact with other harder stones. This stone should not be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner or be subjected to steam cleaning.

Please call or e-mail us for this stone's availability and price.  If you're looking for any other gemstone, we have very good sources for exceptional stones of all types.

And if you're interested in the science behind the beauty...

Chemical formula: CaTiSi05 Calcium titanium silicate
Crystal Structure: Monoclinic; platy
Color: Yellow, brown, green, red
Hardness: 5 - 5.5 on Mohs scale
Refractive Index: 1.843 to 2.110
Density: 3.52 to 3.54
Cleavage: Good
Transparency;  Transparent to opaque
Double Refraction or Birefringence: 0.100 to 0.192
Luster: Adamantine
Fluorescence: None