Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Gemstone of the Week: Mtorolite

(Image of Mtorolite found on crystal-treasure.com)

Mtorolite is the trade name for Chalcedony that has been coloured green by Chromium. Hence, it is also called "Chrome-Chalcedony," Mtoroloite is the name used for the Chrome-Chalcedony that comes out of Zimbabwe, while the specimens coming out of Bolivia are known under the trade name "Chiquitanita." Mtorolite has a hardness of 6.5-7 and translucent with a dull or waxy luster. Chrome-Chalcedony is found in only a few locations.  It may be found in: Australia, Bolivia, Zimbabwe, and Turkey.

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