What is Hemimorphite?
Hemimorphite is a zinc silicate mineral that is often found in oxidized zinc ore deposits. It’s primarily found in the United States, Mexico, and Namibia. Hemimorphite is often used as a gemstone and is popular for its sky-blue to greenish-blue color.
Hemimorphite is a captivating gemstone that comes in shades of sky-blue to greenish-blue. Its unique appearance and color make it a popular choice for jewelry and decorative items, especially beads and pendants.
|Chemical Classification||Inorganic - Silicate|
|Color||Typically blue to greenish-blue, but can also be colorless, white, or brown.|
|Luster||Vitreous to silky.|
|Transparency||Transparent to translucent.|
|Occurrence||Namibia, Mexico, and the USA (especially Arizona).|
|Formation||Typically found in the oxidized zones of zinc ore deposits.|
|Diaphaneity||Transparent to translucent|
|Mohs Hardness||4.5 to 5|
|Specific Gravity||3.4 - 3.5|
|Diagnostic Properties||Blue to greenish-blue, often botryoidal.|
|Pleochroism||Not observed in hemimorphite.|
|Optical Properties||Biaxial (+)|
|Refractive Index||1.614 - 1.636|
|2V angle||Measured: 50° to 65°|
|Dispersion||Not typically noted for its dispersion.|