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Triplite

Triplite from Pakistan
Photo by Ken Larsen. Click to zoom.
Catalog Number NMNH G10544-00
Locality Pakistan
Weight 2.6 ct

Gift of Ms. Luciana Barbosa in 2008.

Triplite is a rare mineral. The name triplite comes from the Greek triplos, meaning triple, referring to the mineral’s 3 prominent directions of cleavage. Because of its brittleness, good cleavage, and lack of hardness, it is difficult to cut and facet. Therefore, triplite gemstones are very rare, and the few that have been reported are from Pakistan or China. This triplite gemstone is noteworthy for its relatively large size and intense orange-pink color. Triplite has also been found in France, Germany, Finland, Namibia, and the United States; however, most of the triplite found is not the gemmy orange-pink color, but rather brown and opaque. Triplite is sometimes confused with another pinkish-orange mineral, rhodocrosite. This is the first triplite gem for the National Gem Collection.

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