Triplite is named for its three cleavage planes that are oriented at right angles to each other. The structure of this stone, combined with its brittle nature, makes faceting very difficult. Successfully faceted triplite gems are coveted by collectors.
- Optical Properties
- Characteristic Physical Properties
- Chemistry & Crystallography
Translucent - Opaque
Strength: Strong Fire
Aggregate (AGG), Doubly Refractive (DR)
Dichroic, moderate yellow brown and reddish brown
Brown To White
Good, in two directions, Poor, in one direction
manganese iron magnesium calcium phosphate flouride hydroxide
(Mn2+, Fe2+, Mg,Ca)2(PO4)(F,OH)
Countries of Origin
Pakistan; Unknown; Uzbekistan
Triplite is soluble in acid. The stone is brittle so please handle with care.