Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gemstone of the Week: Bustamite

(Image found on rivlap.com)

Bustamite was discovered in 1822 by the Mexican General, Anastasio Bustamente after whom the gem was named.  Bustamite belongs to the Wollastonite group of gemstones.  Its colour ranges from pale to medium pink to brownish red and may appear colourless or yellowis-pink in transmitted light.  Bustamite is transparent to translucent and has a vitreous luster. It has a hardness of 5.5-6.5 which makes it good for jewelry use. Bustamite may be found in: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, the Yukon Territory in Canada, China, France, Germany, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, England, Scotland, and the states of California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Washington.

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