Sphalerite Gemstones

Sphalerite Gemstones

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Gemstone Information
Sphalerite
Gemopedia™

With greater dispersion than diamond, sphalerite is an intriguing, yet challenging, gem. Known primarily to collectors for its lack of hardness, sphalerite can try the patience of even the most highly skilled lapidaries who dare to fashion it into a finished gem. Not only is it extremely soft, it also has perfect cleavage in six directions, making it extremely difficult to cut and polish! Add in the fact that it's a brittle gem, and you have an idea of the challenge that awaits its potential cutter. When a talented lapidary can complete the task of fashioning a gem, the results are more than worth the lapidary's efforts!