Zultanite is a relatively new addition to the gemstone world. One of the few natural color change gemstones, like alexandrite.
In rare cases a cat?s eye effect can be seen in zultanite.?An amazing example of rough and cut zultanite can be found at the bottom of this page.
What is Zultanite?
Zultanite is the gem quality variant of the mineral diaspore, which was first found in 1801 in the Ural mountains in Russia. It is an extremely rare gemstone and only mined in a single location in Turkey.
The zultanite gemstone displays light green colors under natural light, while displaying pinkish colors under candlelight.
However unlike alexandrite which only displays two colors (green and red) zultanite can display a large range of earthen colors. From yellow to pink and reddish colors, they are all a possibility.
Chatoyancy or cat?s eye effect is another valued property, showing a band of light in the middle of the gemstone. Currently this is the only color change gemstone that has this effect.
Zultanite is a high quality gemstone that is usually eye clean, has a hardness of around 7 on Mohs scale of hardness and its colors will usually be intensified when set in metal. Which makes this gemstone an excellent choice for jewelry.
How to Take Care of Zultanite
As always, physical labor is not recommended, though zultanite does not chip easily, it is still a possibility. It is fairly easy to care for, here are a two easy tips to keep it in good shape:
- Warm water, some soap and a soft brush should be enough to clean this gemstone, some diluted jewelry cleaner can be used if needed.
- Dry it with a soft cloth afterwards before storing it away from other gemstones. Why? Because zultanite can still be scratched by even harder gemstones such as sapphires?or diamonds.