Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Gemstone of the Week: Romanèchite

(Image of Romanèchite found on miadrops.com)

Romanèchite is an unusual looking mineral.  It has a dull, sub-metalic luster and is the primary mineral of which Psilomelane is composed. Romanèchite maybe either grayish-black or black and has a hardness of 5-6. It's name comes from the locality where it was first found: Romanèche, Saône-et-Loir, France. Romanèchite may be found in: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, England, Scotland, Wales, Ukraine, and the states of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.