Scapolite is still relatively unknown to jewelry makers and buyers, despite good design potential. Whether it is used as a transparent faceted stone or as a translucent chatoyant cabochon, its possibilities are worth exploring as it becomes more widely available.

Scapolite is an interesting stone that has until recently remained in the domain of collectors. The name derives from the Greek words for “rod” and “stone” – scapos and lithos – which quite simply describe the shape of scapolite crystals. The gemstone is also called wernerite, after the German geologist A.G. Werner.

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