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The term triphane originated as another name for spodumene, but more recently has been used in reference to colorless to light yellow transparent spodumene. Triphane's name is derived from a Greek term meaning 'three aspects', due to its distinctive trichroism.

Triphane Polished
Triphane Classification
Common Name Triphane
Species Spodumene
Triphane Optical Properties
Transparency Transparent
Dispersion Strength: Weak Fire Value: 0.017
Refractive Index 1.660-1.676
Birefringence 0.014-0.016
Optic Character Biaxial
Optic Sign Positive
Polariscope Reaction Doubly Refractive (DR)
Fluorescence SWUV: Inert
LWUV: Inert
Pleochroism Trichroic
Triphane Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 6.5-7
Streak White
Specific Gravity 3.150-3.210 Typical:3.180
Toughness Poor
Inclusions Triphane is a type I clarity stone. Stones might contain growth and etch tubes, healing cracks, liquid and multi-phase inclusions.
Luster Vitreous
Fracture Uneven, Splintery
Cleavage Perfect, in two directions
Triphane Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name lithium aluminum silicate
Chemical Formula LiAlSi2O6
Crystal System Monoclinic
Chemistry Classification Silicate

Triphane Colors

  • Yellow Triphane Yellow

Alternate Names


Countries of Origin

Afghanistan; United States of America (the); Brazil

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.