Oilpearl has a wide range of sphene loose gemstones and also deals with custom jewelry for more than two decades. Please feel free to email us if you have any orders and we most warmly welcome you. We serve certificates from Gubelin, GIA- Gemological Institute of America, AIGS- Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences, Tokyo gem lab, GIT, GRS etc. The hardness of sphene is 5 to 5.5, Refractive Index is 1.84–2.11, and Specific Gravity is 3.52–3.54.
Sphene is named after the Greek word sphenos which means wedge shape. Sphene is also called titanite because it contains titanium. Sphene is pleochromatic in nature and hence there is a play of red sparks. Sphene is birefringence which means double refraction that means light splits into two rays and this doubling effect is similar to zircon.
Sphene enhances a persons concentrating power and improves mental ability. Sphene was considered as a stone which passes knowledge to the person who comes in contact with the wearer. It was believed to relieve a person's stress and makes a person religious, spiritual and emotional. Sphene improves positive energy and wards off negative energy. Sphene is said improve the red blood cells in the body and treats the balance between the skull and the head. The basic colors of sphene are a range of green, yellow, green-yellow with the pleochromatic nature of red sparks. The origins are Brazil, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, United States of America, Italy, Canada, Russia, Switzerland, Burma and Austria. Sphene, Titanite is a rare collector gemstone. Some believe that sphene promotes enlightenment and used during meditation and rituals. It works to improve the mind and the processing of information. The hardness is 5 -5.5. The refractive index is 1.880 - 2.054 and the specific gravity is 3.50 - 3.54.