Danburite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information
A very durable gemstone, danburite is an excellent choice for jewelry use. Although the mineral isn't rare, large facetable pieces are scarce.
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A very durable gemstone, danburite is an excellent choice for jewelry use. Although the mineral isn’t rare, large facetable pieces are scarce. Still, sufficient material exists for gem enthusiasts and adventurous jewelry lovers to add this lovely and underappreciated stone to their collections.
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Tried and true gem value factors apply to danburite. All other things being equal, larger, cleaner, better cut and better colored stones have a higher value per carat. However, a truly colorless specimen would surpass a very pale yellow or slightly pink stone in value per carat.
Princess-cut colorless 8.65-ct danburite, 12.26 mm, Russia. © Kosnar Gem Co. Used with permission.
Does Danburite Make a Good Jewelry Stone?
With poor cleavage and ahardness of 7, danburite can withstand the rigors of all jewelry applications, including rings and bracelets. It has good resistance to damage from accidental blows and scratches. In terms of toughness and wearability, it ranks with popular jewelry stones like quartz and topaz.
Danburite's colors typically range from colorless to light yellow, pale pink, or tan.
Do Danburites Fluoresce?
Are There Any Synthetic Danburites?
Laboratories have synthesized danburite for research into phosphorescence. However, there's no known jewelry use for this material.
Where is Danburite Found?
First discovered in Danbury, Connecticut, gem-quality danburite has since been found in many locations all over the world. Notable sources include the following:
- Japan: Obira, Bungo, Kyushu, colorless crystals, sometimes gemmy.
- Madagascar: yellow crystals at Mt. Bity, often gemmy.
- Mexico: Charcas, San Luis Potosí , colorless, yellow, light pink (gemmy).
- Myanmar: Mogok, yellow and colorless, sometimes large crystals (rolled pebbles).
- Russia: colorless, gemmy material.
- Bolivia; China; Sri Lanka; Tanzania; Vietnam.
Danburites, especially colorless material from Mexico, typically range in size between 1 and 5 carats. Yellow gems from Myanmar between 7 and 10 carats are very rare.
- step-cut, flawless, 135.61. British Museum of Natural History (London): Myanmar, wine-yellow,
- Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC): 18.4 (Myanmar, yellow) 12.4; 10.5 (Mexico, colorless); 7.9 (Japan, colorless).
- emerald cut, 115. Los Angeles County Museum (Los Angeles): Madagascar, brownish,
- Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, Canada): Russia, colorless, step-cut, 12.72.
- Private Collections: 20 (Myanmar, peach color); 22.76 (Madagascar, yellow); 37 (Russia).
How to Care for Danburite Gems
Joel E. Arem, Ph.D., FGA
Dr. Joel E. Arem has more than 60 years of experience in the world of gems and minerals. After obtaining his Ph.D. in Mineralogy from Harvard University, he has published numerous books that are still among the most widely used references and guidebooks on crystals, gems and minerals in the world.
Co-founder and President of numerous organizations, Dr. Arem has enjoyed a lifelong career in mineralogy and gemology. He has been a Smithsonian scientist and Curator, a consultant to many well-known companies and institutions, and a prolific author and speaker. Although his main activities have been as a gem cutter and dealer, his focus has always been education. joelarem.com
Barbara Smigel, PhD. GG
Barbara Smigel is a GIA certified gemologist, facetor, jewelry designer, gem dealer, gemology instructor and creator of the well-regarded educational websites acstones.com and bwsmigel.info.
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