Sphene Ring Information
The special thing about sphene rings is their incredible "fire", caused by a very high dispersion. Sphene is a relatively unheard of collector's gemstone and is not often used in jewelry, yet the fire of sphene is comparable to that of diamond and demantoid garnet. This means that a sphene ring will display flashes of eye-popping color. As well as their fire, sphene gems have an adamantine (diamond-like) luster, giving them an outrageous sparkle, but above all, their beautiful yellow, brown, green, orange or reddish colors really make sphene gems attractive in rings. To fully appreciate a sphene ring, it should be seen in the flesh, since sphene gems often show several colors in one gem as it catches the light, which is known as pleochroism. For example, a green sphene ring may also have yellow and brown flashes, and a yellow sphene ring may show flashes of orange, brown and red. Those who love fancy colored diamonds should take a look at more affordable, yet spellbinding sphene rings.
Sphene ring history goes back over 200 years when sphene was first described and named "titanite" due to its titanium content. It was later given the name "sphene" from the Greek word, "sphen", meaning "wedge", because of the way that sphene forms with wedge-shaped crystals. Sphene gemstones can be found in Brazil, Burma (Myanmar), India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Austria, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and the U.S.A., but are rarely used in jewelry. Although sphene gemstones have been around for some time, and may have been mined along with other gemstones and minerals in ancient Egypt, sphene jewelry and more specifically, sphene rings do not enjoy a very well-documented history. Sphene mineral specimens are more abundant than sphene rings. Now and again a rare piece will appear, such as a fine sphene and diamond ring, which was auctioned at Sotheby's, London in 2006 for around $2000, and a sphene, diamond and gold necklace from the 1940s, which featured in a 2006 auction in New York.
Sphene rings of the rich and famous are not often seen, since sphene is a lesser-known gemstone type that is mostly sought-after by mineral and gemstone collectors rather than jewelry designers and wearers. However, celebrity sphene rings include Kat Florence sphene rings, which hit the red carpet in 2014. A yellow gold sphene diamond halo ring was worn by actress, Zulay Henao at the 22nd Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party in 2014 and host of E! News, Kristin Dos Santos also wore a stunning Kat Florence sphene ring on the 2014 Golden Globes red carpet.
Sphene ring designs are largely faceted ring styles, which show off the fire and sparkle of sphene best. Jewelry designer to the stars, Kat Florence has produced some beautiful and intricate sphene rings, accented with white diamonds. Sphene's lack of hardness and perfect cleavage makes it unsuitable for tension-set rings, and although open ring settings allow the most light to pass through and bring out the sparkle of sphene, an everyday-wear sphene ring would be better in a protected setting, such as a bezel ring. Halos really accentuate the sphene in ladies' ring designs and also provide some protection from general wear and tear. Other popular designs include split-shank halo sphene rings and vintage-style filigree sphene rings. Sphene makes stunning cocktail rings, but it can be hard to find in large sizes. Smaller sphene gems also show a spectacular sparkle and can be found in many different shapes that are suitable for solitaire rings, two-stone rings and many other ring designs. The golden colors of yellowish, brownish and reddish sphene are wonderful in yellow gold settings, while green sphene looks equally attractive in yellow gold, platinum or silver. Sphene cabochon rings are not as often seen as faceted sphene rings and tend to showcase the color, rather than the sparkle of sphene.
It should be mentioned in a sphene ring buying guide that sphene rings may also be sold as "titanite" rings. This is because sphene contains titanium, so is also referred to as "titanite", though this is better-known in the mineralogy field. Pink to red sphene rings may also be called "greenovite" rings. When buying sphene rings, an inclusion-free gemstone should not be expected. "Eye-clean" sphene gemstones are rare, especially in cocktail ring sizes. Indeed, a ring containing a 5.25-carat sphene gemstone sold for $11,130 at Sotheby's in 2004. The most valuable sphene is a green variety known as "chrome sphene", which is treasured for its beautiful emerald green color. Sphene rings tend to be difficult to find in mainstream jewelry stores, so to source your perfect sphene ring, it may be a good idea to enlist a specialist supplier.
Sphene rings can really bring some color into your life and how to wear sphene rings will really depend on their exact color and design. Their wonderful colors make sphene rings suitable for men or women, especially for spring or fall fashions. Sphene rings are best reserved for special events or occasional casual wear, unless they have sturdy designs that will protect the gem from being scratched. However, those who love sphene and wish to wear it every day can get their sphene gemstone repolished every few years if small scratches appear. With some care, the amazing allure of sphene rings can be enjoyed by all.
Calming and soothing properties are among the metaphysical sphene ring meanings. Sphene rings are said to protect their wearers from negative energy, promote clear thought and enhance creativity. Some say that a sphene ring will encourage learning and mental stimulation. Additionally, sphene rings are believed to have physical calming effects too, and may help those with muscle strains, broken bones, fever and inflammation.