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Ekanite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

Ekanite is metamict as a result of the U and Th content. The properties vary, depending on the degree of breakdown of the structure. Ekanite is one of the very rarest of all gems, and only a few are known. More undoubtedly exist that have been sold as other Sri Lankan gems, but the total number of gems is a mere handful.

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Opticso = 1.573; e = 1.572.

Uniaxial ( – ). Gems usually  1.590-1.596.

Occurrence: Discovered in 1953 as waterworn, translucent green pebbles at Eheliyagoda, near Ratnapura, Sri Lanka. Occurs in the gem gravels. Some cut Sri Lankan stones have 4-rayed stars. Mt. Ste. Hilaire. Quebec, Canada. Myanmar; Central Asia.

Comments: Ekanite is metamict as a result of the U and Th content. The properties vary, depending on the degree of breakdown of the structure. Ekanite is one of the very rarest of all gems, and only a few are known. More undoubtedly exist that have been sold as other Sri Lankan gems, but the total number of gems is a mere handful.

Name: After E L. D. Ekanayake who first found it in a Sri Lankan gravel pit.

 

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