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Tiffany stone

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Purple, blue purple
Sub-Vitreous, Resinous, Waxy, Greasy
Name of uncertain origin perhaps named for a Tiffany Harris of Utah. Folklore wrongly attributes the name to Tiffany and Company of New York which used purple colors in its decorative glassware.
A variety of Fluorite

A fine-grained purple to pale violet fluorite, usually with swirl patterns sometimes with small impurities of intergrown bertrandite, chalcedony, opal, and/or quartz.

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Physical Properties of Tiffany stoneHide

Sub-Vitreous, Resinous, Waxy, Greasy
Translucent, Opaque
Purple, blue purple
May be variegated
Hardness Data:
Mohs hardness reference species
May be harder than 4 with high silicate mineral contents
{111}, Usually not observed due to fine-grained nature
Irregular/Uneven, Sub-Conchoidal

Chemical Properties of Tiffany stoneHide


Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Fluorite3 photos of Tiffany stone associated with Fluorite on
Chalcedony2 photos of Tiffany stone associated with Chalcedony on
Bertrandite2 photos of Tiffany stone associated with Bertrandite on

Fluorescence of Tiffany stoneHide

The essential mineral in tiffany stone, fluorite, is not fluorescent, but impurities such as opal, etc. many fluoresce green or other colors.

Other InformationHide

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.
Industrial Uses:
Used as a decorative material

Internet Links for Tiffany stoneHide

Localities for Tiffany stoneHide

This map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.

Locality ListHide

- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
  • Utah
    • Juab Co.
      • Thomas Range
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