Orange Lizardite from South Africa

George R. Rossman
Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences
California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA 91125-2500, USA

Brendan M. Laurs
The Gemmological Association of Great Britain


A red-orange colored lizardite was examined and found to contain hematite as the phase causeing the color. Also, orange-lizardite inclusions were found in quartz speciments from the Wessels Mine in South Africa.

Optical spectrum of orange lizardite from the Wessels Mine.

orange lizardite
A small piece of the orange lizardite

Journal of Gemmology 34, 98-99