Things of beauty are seldom found in abundance. That’s probably one of the reasons why Scapolite, a gemstone so delicate and so beautiful, is hardly known to many. It is one of those natural creations that has withstood hundreds of years of evolution and yet persisted in its beauty. Whether you look at a fiery orange or yellow colored Scapolite or a pink or violet colored version, its beauty never diminishes. Wearing a Scapolite is like proclaiming to the world that you possess an exquisite beauty known to few people. You tell everyone that your knowledge about gemstones and jewelry transcends the general knowledge people have of diamonds and sapphires. You tell the world that breathtakingly beautiful things are not always found in abundance but are created for a few lucky ones.
Often confused to be a citrine, amethyst, golden beryl, or chrysoberyl, Scapolite is a fibrous gemstone that comes in many varieties. Some of the common variations of Scapolite are – Meionite, Marialite, Wernerite, and Petschite. In fact, it gets its name Wernerite after A.G Werner a German geologist. The name Marialite comes from the wife of German mineralogist G. VomRath who was called Maria Rosa.
The gemstone can be identified by its tetragonal shape with prismatic crystals which are often coarse and large. There are also several massive granular cleavages that distinguish it from other gemstones. The name Scapolite is of Greek origin. “Scapos” in Greek means rod, “lithos” means stone. Since the crystal has a stick-like structure it has been so named.
The value of Scapolite cannot be easily determined. There are numerous factors that determine the price of a piece of this crystal. The size and quality are naturally the most determining factors. This stone is found in many places around the world but the luminescence differs according to its place of origin. The color of the crystal found in Myanmar ranges between yellow and orange. Sometimes pink crystals are also found in Myanmar. In Tanzania strong yellow-colored stones, as well as violet and pink-colored stones, are found. In Quebec, massive fluoresces material stones are found.
It can often become difficult to distinguish between Scapolite and yellow-colored quartz because of the presence of distinguishing citrines.