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Sphene

Historical Information

Sphene , also known as Titanite, discovered in 1795  The name titanite refer to its high Titanium content . The name Sphene is form the Greek word “sphenos”, (σφηνώ), for “wedge” referring to its characteristic wede-shaped crystal.

The International Mineralogical Association Commission on New Minerals and Mineral Names (CNMMN) adopted the name Titanite and 'discredited' the name Sphene as of 1982, although commonly papers and books initially identify the mineral using both names. Sphene was the most commonly used name until the IMA decision, although both were well known. Some authorities think it is less confusing as the word is used to describe any chemical or crystal with oxidized titanium such as the rare earth Titanate pyrochlores series and many of the minerals with the Perovskite structure. The name Sphene continues to be publishable in peer-reviewed scientific literature, e.g. a paper by Hayden et al. was published in early 2008 in the journal Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology. Sphene persists as the informal name for Titanite gemstones.

Sphene is the older name of this mineral which refers to its crystal shape. Titanite is the universal name amongst mineralogists today and refers to its content of titanium. Greenovite is the name given to red or pink Sphene.

As a gemstone, Titanite is usually some shade of chartreuse and is prized for its exceptional dispersive power which exceeds that of diamond.

The gemstone is mined in Pakistan; Mount Vesuvius, Italy; Russia; Canada, Madagascar and the USA.

Sphene is the astrological sign for Sagittarius.

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Believe that Sphene promotes enlightenment and used during mending and rituals.

Sphene brings a gentleness to those who use it. It can also help us to reflect who we truly are and allows this light to shine brightly on everyone with whom you come into contact.

Sphene is used to improve the mind and processing information, and for studying, theorizing, and debating. Sphene is also worn to promote spiritual enlightenment during meditation.

Sphene rough and facet stone