Similar to Sphalerite in appearance, Zincite is a stunning bright orange gemstone that has a real fiery character. It can also be found in Yellow, Red and Brown. Gem-quality material is incredibly rare and to-date has only been discovered in New Jersey, America. The Sterling Hill and Franklin Mines which produce the rough minerals are also famous for yielding other gem minerals such as Hemimophite and Willemite.
Very few transparent pieces have ever been discovered and very, very few are over one carat in weight. Also, as the gem is high in metal content (Zinc) it is very dense, meaning that even a one carat piece looks smaller than many other gemstones of an equivalent weight.
The gem is also relatively soft and when acquired it is best set in pendants and earrings. Its incredible rarity makes it highly sought by serious gem collectors. Buyer beware: as this is a very expensive gemstone, if you see it being sold cheaply it is most likely synthetic Zincite which is easily replicated in a laboratory, of which unfortunately there is a lot on the market.