Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Enstatite

Enstatite gemstones are somewhat rare and lesser known.

They are mainly considered collector's gemstones.
Enstatite belongs to the pyroxene group of minerals and was first described in 1855. Enstatite gemstones have a hardness of 6 on the MoHs scale and have a vitreous luster when polished.

Some of the finest enstatite specimens come from Burma and Sri Lanka. Cat's eye enstatite and star enstatite gemstones are known, but are extremely rare.
Enstatite occurs in a wide variety of colors ranging from reds and oranges, which are the most common, to yellows and greens, white, and colorless. Pure Enstatite is transparent and lightly colored; the iron content is responsible for the darker colors and increased opacity.