More About Gems for Healing
What are some other orange gemstones & crystals?
More obscure orange stones include spessartite garnet, orange tourmaline, mexican fire opal, imperial topaz, orange spinel, orange zircon, sphalerite, and orange sapphire. Natural citrine is yellow, but color-treated citrine or “burnt amethyst” is often more of an orange shade.
What is “fire” in gemstones and which orange gemstones display it?
“Fire” is also known as “dispersion” and is the degree to which the gemstone splits white light into its constituent colors. How much fire a gem displays depends on qualities of the gemstone itself, such as its refractive index and density, as well as the way it is cut and if it is clear or has inclusions. Faceted gems with fire display slightly different hues on different facets making them sparkle beautifully. Orange colored gemstones with fire display different shades of orange when you turn them in the light.
Of the orange gemstones, orange zircon shows the most fire as zircon has a higher refractive index than even sapphire and ruby. Sphalerite is a quite rare beautiful orange gemstone but it can show brilliant fire.