Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Gemstone of the Week: Zincite

(Zincite image found on thebeautyintherocks.com)

Zincite is a beautiful, and generally, fiery gem. It may be yellow, dark yellow, red, dark red, white, or orange and has a hardness of 4-5.  Zincite was discovered in 1845 and is named after its high zinc content. It may be transparent, translucent, or opaque and has a sub-adamantine or sub-metallic luster.  Stones of a good quality, colour, and size can get to some rather high prices, and you need to be careful when looking to buy it as synthetic Zincite is rather widespread.  Zincite may be found in: Russia; Sweden; Belgium; Germany; France; Italy; Tunisia; Iran; India; China; Australia; Zambia; Austria; Bulgaria; Czech Republic; Greece; Norway; Poland; Slovakia; UK; Democratic Republic of Congo/Zaire; and the states of: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Utah, California, Tennessee, Nevada, Illinois,Virginia, and Arizona, and even more interestingly Zincite may be found on............................... the moon!!