We like the unusual and rare gemstones. Sphalerlite is one of those gemstones. It is a zinc ore material that typically contains iron. When it has a high iron content, Splalerlite is opaque black. Gem quality material has a low iron content , resulting in transparent crystals. The gems we have here in the store are from the Aliva mine in Spain which has been closed since 1989.
Sphalerlite is not often seen in jewelry due to it’s lack of hardness. It is not recommended to be worn daily in rings that get general wear and tear. However, Sphalerlites brilliance and high dispersion make it a beautiful gemstone for jewelry. It is best used in pendant where it would be protected.
Shalerlite is thought to provide its wearer with strength and vitality. It is said to increase recovery from illness and protect against infection, exhaustion, and fatigue. Sphalerlite is not a traditional birthstone but it is the non traditional gemstone for those born under the sign of Gemini.
When time allows, make a point to stop in the store and see this rare gem.