Gaspeite | Gemopedia

A bright grass-green to olive or yellowish green gemstone first discovered in Canada. This stone is commonly used to carved into artistic sculptures. This stone can be faceted or cut as cabochons and set in jewelry.
Colors
bright grass-green to olive or yellowish green

Gaspeite Classification

Common Name

Gaspeite

Species

GaspeIte

Variety

Colors

bright grass-green to olive or yellowish green

Alternate Names

Gemstone Groups

Calcite

Key Separations

RI and appearance.

Comments

Gaspite has a high nickel content.

Gaspeite Optical Properties

Transparency

Translucent

Refractive Index

Birefringence

0.22

Optic Character

Uniaxial

Optic Sign

Negative

Polariscope Reaction

Doubly Refractive (DR)

Fluorescence

SWUV:
LWUV:

CCF Reaction

SWUV: Inert
LWUV: Inert

Pleochroism

None

Dispersion

Strength: none

Comments

Over the Limit 1.61-1.81

Gaspeite Chemistry & Crystallography

Chemical Name

Chemical Formula

(Ni,MgFe)CO3

Synthesis

Crystal System

Trigonal

Classification

Carbonate

Nature

Natural

Crystallinity

Crystalline

Comments

Carbonate

Gaspeite Characteristic Physical Properties

Hardness

Streak

Uneven

Specific Gravity

Toughness

Fair

Inclusions

Luster

Stability

Fair

Fracture

Typical: 3.71

Cleavage

Good, in one direction

Comments

4.5 to 5

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