Friday, January 17, 2014

Gemstone of the Week: Nifontovite

(Image found on thegemtrader.com)

Nifontovite is a colourless or gray gemstone.  It was discovered in 1961 and named after Russian geologist Roman Vladimirovich Nifontov.  Nifontovite is fairly soft, with only a hardness of 3.5. It has a viterous luster and may be transparent or semi-transparent.  Nifontovite may be found on Honshu Island, Japan; San Luis Potosí, Mexico, and the Urals Region in Russia.