Sphene, better known to mineralogists as titanite, is a spectacular gemstone prized by collectors for its diamond-like luster and high dispersion. The name sphene is derived from a Greek rook meaning wedge for the shape of its crystals. The color can range from yellow to red, brown, brownish, or yellowish green to green, and black. Sphene has a high birefringence and shows doubling of facet junctions.
- Optical Properties
- Characteristic Physical Properties
- Chemistry & Crystallography
Titanite, Chrome Sphene
Countries of Origin
Tanzania, United Republic Of; Myanmar; United States of America (the); Sri Lanka; Madagascar; Thailand; Switzerland; India; Canada; Austria; Pakistan; Unknown; Namibia; Brazil; Mexico
Sphene is a soft stone, so be mindful of scratching.