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Verdelite refers to green elbaite tourmaline that does not contain chromium. Although green is a common color of tourmaline, not all greens are valued equally. Verdelite gems come in varying shades of green; some so saturated that direct light is necessary to see the body color. From lush grass-green to electric yellow-green to olive, and even bluish green, there is a verdelite gem to fit all tastes.

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Verdelite Classification
Common Name Verdelite
Species Tourmaline
Verdelite Optical Properties
Transparency Transparent - Opaque
Dispersion Strength: Moderate Fire Value: 0.017
Refractive Index 1.610-1.665
Birefringence 0.018-0.020
Optic Character Uniaxial
Optic Sign Negative
Polariscope Reaction Doubly Refractive (DR)
Fluorescence SWUV: Variable
LWUV: Variable
Pleochroism Dichroic, strong dark green and yellow-green
Verdelite Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 7-7.5
Streak White
Specific Gravity 3.000-3.260 Typical:3.060
Toughness Good
Inclusions Verdelite tourmaline is Type I clarity stone. Stones might contain liquid and gas inclusions that are long and thin, reflective gas-filled fractures and color zoning.
Luster Vitreous
Stability Very Good
Fracture Conchoidal, Subconchoidal, Uneven
Cleavage Poor, in two directions
Verdelite Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name Complex boro-silicate of Al, Li and Na
Chemical Formula Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Crystal System Trigonal
Chemistry Classification Silicate

Verdelite Colors

  • Green Verdelite Green
  • Green Verdelite Green
  • Green Verdelite Green
  • Green Verdelite Green
  • Green Verdelite Green

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Countries of Origin

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.