Mocha Scapolite Gemstone
Mocha scapolite offers a piping hot coffee-colored gem to your jewelry collection. Rarely seen in gemstone jewelry, scapolite is a highly sought after collector’s stone. Most often seen in the honey-yellow of Marialite, scapolite is available in a bevy of exciting colors. Mocha scapolite offers a unique take on this gemstone by providing a stone as hot as a fresh cup of coffee.
What Color is Mocha Scapolite?
While sipping a steaming cup of joe one Saturday morning our Gemstone Buyer, Anil, mused over the coffee beans being displayed. It led him to wonder; could we offer a coffee-colored gemstone to our audience?
Mocha scapolite is the result of this Saturday morning daydream. With rich brown hues, this gem is brimming with savory color. The bright and vibrant color represents the top-grade material available.
Scapolite undergoes Irradiation to create the unique mocha hues of this gemstone. This is a stable treatment, but it’s recommended to avoid high heat or sudden temperature changes.
Other Mocha Scapolite Quality Factors
Why is scapolite rarely seen in jewelry? It is rare, and very little comes to market. And, compared to mainstream stones such as sapphire or emerald, it is softer. Few cutters wish to risk the trouble of working with this material due to a lack of familiarity.
When cut and polished, mocha scapolite is genuinely breathtaking. Finished gems possess a brilliant, vitreous luster seen in many gems. The deep color of the stone radiates throughout, swirling through the natural inclusions of the jewel. Sometimes, these create a silky appearance, like mixing in freshly poured cream.
Mocha scapolite is rarely seen above one carat, and this is true for scapolite in general. To create the best-looking jewels cutters shear off included material to form the brightest stones possible. Most specimens are eye-clean, but inclusions can still be expected.
Why Do We Call It Mocha Scapolite?
• You already understand the association of mocha scapolite with coffee. But, how did the word scapolite come about? Scapolite, like many gems, has its name firmly rooted in Greek. Scapolite possesses an unusual crystal structure that resembles long columns. The Greek word “skapos” was used to describe these tetragonal crystal shapes, which resembles sticks or spears. In Greek, “skapos” means ‘shaft.’
• Older sources might refer to scapolite as “wernerite.” It was originally named to honor the German mineralogist, Abraham Gottlob Werner. Werner was responsible for shaping early thoughts on geology.
Location: Mpwapwa, Tanzania
While a rarely seen gemstone, there are several sources for scapolite across the globe. However, it’s widely thought that the best quality scapolite comes from Tanzania. Mocha scapolite comes from the Mpwapwa District of Tanzania. Nestled in the Dodoma Region of the country, our mocha scapolite supply is painstakingly assembled.
You see, scapolite is hardly ever mined in large quantities, making it difficult to assemble large parcels of stones. Our vendor in the region has been involved in Tanzanian mining for over 20 years. Purchasing small quantities from miners, they built up a suitable supply over the course of seven months.
Much of the mining in this region is carried out by independent artisanal miners. Following leads, they travel throughout the area, looking for the newest mining hot spot. This means a flurry of constant activity, as workers move from location to another. Some mines are abandoned overnight if the promise of a good yield is enticing enough. In addition, weather conditions can significantly hamper progress. From December to May, the country is in its wettest season, and not much digging can be done.
We have worked with this supplier for five years. Thanks to our solid relationship, we have a preferred relationship which means the first choice on new supply. Mocha scapolite would not be possible without these deep roots within the industry.
The supply of scapolite is dwindling in general, and it’s expected that similar quality will only be harder to come by in the future.
• Ranks 5.5 to 6.0 on the Mohs scale of hardness.
• Mocha scapolite is pleasing coffee-brown color.
• Shop LC sources our supply from Mpwapwa, Tanzania.
• Mocha scapolite undergoes irradiation to create its unique color.
• Scapolite was formerly known as wernerite.