Today, Hiddenite North Carolina is one of the only places where true hiddenite is mined; hiddenite deposits have also been discovered in Brazil and California (U.S.).
To find out more about this intriguing gemstone, take a look at the info below including properties of hiddenite, special meaning, price guides, special care and more. And if you have any questions about hiddenite, just use the handy comment box at the end of the page!
Properties of Hiddenite
Hiddenite is a gemstone which has a strong pleochroic characteristic, meaning that the gemstone will display varied light and color intensities when viewed from different angles.
Durability = Good
Hardness = 6.5 – 7.0
Refractive Index = 1.67
Specific Gravity = 3.1
Rarely some forms of hiddenite are irradiated to improve color, although this treatment will
decrease the value of the gem.
Special Care for Hiddenite Rings
Hiddenite can chip or crack under pressure. Those who wear a hiddenite ring should try to avoid
any hard knocks or hits to their gemstone.
The average cost of hiddenite gems is $100.00 per carat, but the value of the stone can vary widely according to the cut, clarity, color, and carat of the stone.
The most highly desirable colors are deep greens, and the lighter green-yellow varieties are valued less than the darker green varieties. A custom cut and excellent degree of clarity will also increase the value of the stone, as will the carat size.
Hiddenite is one of the most challenging gemstones to cut due to a property known as cleavage; this stone has perfect
cleavage, and like a diamond if it is hit at the wrong angle it will shatter or break. Because of this characteristic, and the rarity
of the gem, a finely cut hiddenite gemstone that is 1 or more carats and set in a quality ring can reach on average
around $1,000 or more dollars.
Meaning of Hiddenite
Hiddenite is a gemstone for those who want to look inward. The gemstone is believed to help release negative
emotions, encourage charitable actions, and to bring about clarity by facilitating deep introspection.
Alternative to Hiddenite
It can be challenging to find a quality cut hiddenite gem which
has already been set in a ring. If you love the color and durability of
hiddenite, but you are having difficulties finding a ring or a cut gem
that can be crafted into a ring, consider green amethyst as an
alternative. Green amethyst has a similar color as hiddenite, is
slightly more durable and has a lower price particularly in larger carat
Shopping Tips for Hiddenite Rings and Stones
There is still some controversy surrounding exactly what classifies a gemstone as a hiddenite, and some gemstone sellers have begun labeling any type of transparent green gemstone as hiddenite.
True hiddenite is certainly a variety of the spodumene mineral, and any other gemstones labeled as hiddenite that are not spodumene varieties are mislabeled.
Some gemologists believe that true hiddenite is only the green colored variety of spodumene, while others believe that the only true hiddenite is those gemstones that are found in Hiddenite, North Carolina.
For now, shoppers would do well to purchase gemstones labeled as hiddenite only if they are green in color (some more affordable varieties are a green-yellow in color), and only if they are from Brazil or the U.S.(California and North Carolina).
For now, hiddenite is still a rare gem to be found already cut and set in a ring. It is possible to find loose hiddenite and to find a jeweler who can cut and set the gemstone, but any jeweler who cuts the ring should have experience with this gem.
Keep in mind that true dark green hiddenite that has a good carat size, and quality cut, is very rare - and larger carat hiddenite stones in custom cuts are quite rare too. if someone is trying to sell you hiddenite gemstones which match these descriptions cheap prices, chances are you are not buying real hiddenite and instead may be buying cut class or green cubic zirconia.
Last but not least, never purchase a hiddenite ring or gem without a refund policy and a reliable contact number/address of the seller.
Have your gem inspected by an independent certified gemologist/jeweler to confirm its authenticity as well.
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