Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Gemstone of the Week: Poudretteite

(Poudretteite image found on thegemtrader.com)

Poudretteite is another of those beautiful yet obscure gemstones. By comparison to many other gems, it is still pretty new to the market having only been recognized as a new gemstone species in 1987.  Poudretteite is is a hardness 5 with a vitreous luster. It is a transparent gemstone and may be either colourless or pale pink.  Poudretteite is considered to be extremely rare.  It was first discovered around Mont St. Hilaire in Quebec, Canada, but it is now known to also be found in Burma(Myanmar).  Because of its rarity, Poudretteite tends to be very expensive.  One place that I have checked was selling them for $2,700 per carat; another cited that Poudretteite value is generally in the range of $3,000 per carat.

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