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
Viet Nam; United States of America; Ukraine; Uzbekistan; Zimbabwe; Zambia; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Sphene is a soft stone, so be mindful of scratching.