Faceted petalite gems and specimens are prized by gemstone and mineral collectors. Petalite's name is derived from the Greek petalos (leaf), referring to its perfect cleavage. Colorless material is common, and large crystals have been mined. Other petalite colors include white to yellow or gray, yellowish green to light green and pink. Crystals range from transparent to translucent and are prized for their good clarity. Faceted gems aren't often seen due to petalite's cleavage planes.
- Optical Properties
- Characteristic Physical Properties
- Chemistry & Crystallography
LWUV: Inert to weak orange or yellowish white
Countries of Origin
Myanmar; Afghanistan; Russian Federation; Angola; Czechia; United States of America; Egypt; Kazakhstan; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Portugal; Sweden; Mozambique; Unknown; China; Brazil; France; Argentina; Japan; Ukraine; Spain; Canada; Namibia; Finland; Italy; South Africa; Zimbabwe; Australia; Ethiopia
Normal care for untreated material. In CVD caoated material color may be affected by polishing, recutting, ultrasonic cleaners, alcohol, and harsh chemicals.