Dumortierite Quartz Gemstone Information
About Dumortierite Quartz - History and Introduction
Dumortierite quartz is one of the rarer and more unusual blue varieties of quartz gemstones. It is a gemstone-quality combination of quartz aggregate, intergrown with the mineral known as dumortierite. Although quartz can occur in a wide range of colors, blue colored quartz is surprisingly quite rare. The traces of dumortierite are responsible for its distinct color, which can range from light to dark blue and in some cases reddish-brown.
Dumortierite is an aluminum borosilicate with a hardness that can range from 7.0 to 8.5 on the Mohs scale. In aggregate form, mainly when cut, its hardness is 7.0. (the same as quartz), while crystal forms have a hardness rating of 8.5. The mineral was first described in 1881 and was named after French paleontologist, Eugene Dumortier (1803-1873). Dumortierite also has a few industrial purposes other than jewelry. Since it is known to turn remarkably pure white in color when fired, it is often used for the production of porcelain and ceramics.
Identifying Dumortierite Quartz Back to Top
Dumortierite quartz is one of the very few gem-quality varieties of blue colored quartz. Most blue quartz is translucent to opaque, which means transparent materials should be tested for authenticity. Dumortierite is a distinct mineral on its own. By composition, it can be easily identified as an aluminum borosilicate mineral. Dumortierite quartz color can resemble that of a few other popular blue gemstones such as lapis lazuli, azurite and sodalite. However, dumortierite quartz is much harder and more durable than any other similar blue gemstone.
Dumortierite Quartz Origin and Gemstone Sources Back to Top
Dumortierite quartz is most often found in Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Norway, Poland, Sri Lanka and the USA.
Buying Dumortierite Quartz and Determining Dumortierite Quartz Gemstone Value Back to Top
Dumortierite Quartz Gemological Properties: Back to Top
Please refer to our Gemstone Glossary for details of gemology-related terms.
Dumortierite Quartz: Varieties or Similar Gemstones: Back to Top
Dumortierite quartz is one of the many varieties of quartz gemstones available today. Approximately 12% of the Earth's crust is composed of quartz, making it the second most abundant mineral on earth. There are a handful of gems which are similar to dumortierite quartz in regard to color, including lapis lazuli, sodalite, azurite, blue magnesioriebeckite and crocidolite-included fibrous quartz.
Dumortierite quartz is sometimes sold under marketing trade names such as 'blue moon quartz' or 'blue denim stone', but these are not officially recognized trade names.
Dumortierite Quartz Gemstone Mythology, Metaphysical and Alternative Crystal Healing Powers Back to Top
Dumortierite quartz is a special variety of blue quartz that is thought to enhance organizational abilities and self-discipline. It is considered a stone of peace, order and expression. Dumortierite quartz is thought to be best at balancing the energies associated with the throat chakra, but it can also help stimulate communication between the higher and lower chakras.
Dumortierite quartz is also thought to be very stimulating for the brain. Many believe that it can enhance intellectual abilities by strengthening mathematical and language development. It is said to help expel fear, boost courage and aid the release of both stubborn wilfulness and personal addictions. Dumortierite quartz can help to increase patience and help you to take control of your life.
Dumortierite Quartz Gemstone and Jewelry Design Ideas Back to Top
Dumortierite quartz is ideal for any type of jewelry design imaginable, particularly due to the fact that it has excellent hardness and durability. It can be worn as attractive pins, pendants, bracelets, necklaces and everyday gemstone rings. Dumortierite quartz stones are also typically available in very large sizes and can be acquired for very reasonable prices, making it a favorite for many jewelery designers.
The unusually attractive blue color of dumortierite quartz is appealing to both men and women and can often make an excellent alternative to the softer lapis lazuli or sodalite. Dumortierite quartz is often cut into beads and cabochons, making it ideal for beaded or stranded jewelry. It is also popular for ornamental carvings including small animal cameos and figurines. Since dumortierite quartz is one of the rarer varieties of quartz, it's probably not something you'll find to be readily available in local jewelry stores, which means that you may need to order it from specialized dealers.
Note: Buy colored gemstones by size and not by carat weight. Colored stones vary in size-to-weight ratio. Some stones are larger and others are smaller than diamonds by weight in comparison.
Dumortierite Quartz Gemstone and Jewelry Care and CleaningBack to Top
Dumortierite quartz does not require much when it comes to care and maintenance. It is considered to be quite hard and very durable. However, other harder substances, such as topaz, diamond or sapphire can easily scratch quartz, so care is required when wearing or mixing different types of gemstones. Dumortierite quartz can easily be cleaned using warm soapy water and a soft cloth or brush. Be sure to rinse well to remove any soapy residue.
As with most gemstones, avoid the use of harsh household chemicals as they can permanently damage the attractive color of your stones. Avoid prolonged exposure to extreme heat since heat can also alter the color of your gemstones. Although dumortierite quartz is quite durable, jewelry should still be removed prior to playing sports, exercising or performing any intense household chores. When storing dumortierite quartz, store it separately from other gemstones. It is suggested that you wrap it in a soft cloth or place it inside a fabric-lined box for added protection.
- First Published: January-16-2014
- Last Updated: May-29-2014
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