Sphene: A Little Known Gem

Looking for an unusual gemstone? Sphene could be just what you’re after.

Green Sphene butterfly brooch: wings and body set with sphene from Madagascar; eyes are set with hauyne from Germany in gold. 2 1/2“ wide.

Green Sphene butterfly brooch: wings and body set with sphene from Madagascar; eyes are set with hauyne from Germany in gold. 2 1/2“ wide.

Also known as Titanite, Sphene gives off fire (dispersion) like a diamond. In fact, it actually has a higher dispersion rate than diamonds.

This unusual stone comes in fresh Earthy colors like lime green, yellow and golden brown – perfect for Spring!

Folks, I’m aware it’s only the middle of January but a good jeweler always plans ahead, right? Plus, it is always uplifting to think about spring when you’re in the throes of winter.

I really love the chartreuse variety of this gem. Like aquamarine, some specimens are totally transparent and some are ‘milky’.

The lime green stones remind me of Depression Glass …

spheneUse Sphene in necklaces and earrings as it rates about a 5 on the Mohs scale.

(image via San Diego Natural History Museum)

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