Sphalerite makes an excellent collector’s stone, but it is too soft for jewelry. It is difficult to cut and polish due to perfect cleavage in six directions. Gemstone-quality material, when faceted, is remarkable due to its incredibly high dispersion.
- Optical Properties
- Characteristic Physical Properties
- Chemistry & Crystallography
LWUV: Inert to yellow, orange or strong orange-red
Cleiophane, Marmatite, Zinc Blende
Countries of Origin
Russian Federation; Republic of Kosovo; Sri Lanka; United States of America; Madagascar; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Spain; Canada; Unknown; China; Mexico; Bulgaria; Germany
Sphalerite is a very soft stone, so be mindful of scratching. It is generally not suited for jewelry use.