Sphalerite Gemstone




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Physical Features:
Chemical(Zn,Fe)S
ColorBrown, yellow, red, green, black.
Crystal Habit Tetrahedral, Dodecahedral
Crystal SystemIsometric
CleavagePerfect
FractureUneven, Conchoidal
Hardness3.5 - 4 Mohs scale
LusterAdamantine,Greasy
StreakYellow to light brown
TransparencyTransparent, Translucent, Opaque
Specific gravity3.95 - 4.10
Refractive index2.368 - 2.371
BirefringenceNone
ChatoyancyYes

Sphalerite is generally red, brown, green or black colored, high dispersion, and well-formed gemstone. Since Zinc being its chief ore, Sphalerite is therefore also known as Blende or Zinc-Blende. However, different miners call it by various names such as Blackjack, Steel jack, rosin or ruby jack. It is basically a Zinc Sulphide Mineral. Though primarily composed of zinc but it also contains a little variable of iron as well. Sphalerite is found in sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks across different parts of the world. This stone is generally transparent with a vitreous luster and sometimes translucent but opaque when the iron content is high in it. The chemical composition of Sphalerite is (ZnFe)S. It has dispersion ranging 0.156(B-G interval) which is three times more than that of a diamond when cut brilliantly. It is soft and fragile and has also become and fashion element to carry. This stone comes with a number of impressive properties also.

Use and purpose:

Reduce being fatigue in one and lessens the nervous exhaustion.

This stone tends to ground and energizes one during the period when other stones worsen the condition with high dizziness.

It assists in stimulating ones creativity and overall personality over time.

It helps in facing challenges by grounding the good vibes.

It helps in differentiating between and at the same comparing among the real and the virtual.

Helpful in meditation practice

Sphalerite enhances visual abilities of the person by strengthening the nervous system.

It opens the gateway to opportunities, thereby providing numerous job scopes.

It helps travelers who travel in higher realms to prevent from witnessing unusual things.

It is also used for industrial purposes for a better outcome.

Sphalerites should be washed with a soft brush, mild detergent, and warm water. It is soft and is generally worn as a gemstone in an uncut version. They release electrical charge (current) when heated.