Optical Properties of Bowenite are its behavioral responses towards light. While few optical properties can be identified with naked eyes, other require special instruments by the gemologists to identify them. Bowenite optical properties like luster, clarity, refractive index etc. are used to determine the non-destructive methods during gemstone identification and evaluation.
Bowenite luster is the quantity of light the crystal reflects when light is incident on it. Bowenite which is commonly found in Green, Yellow color, is Blue Chart Gem Identification (2010) and TranslucentHerve Nicolas Lazzarelli in nature. It possess Greasy, Resinous, Silky and Waxy luster.
Optical properties of a Bowenite crystal are responsive to the small changes in composition and strain within its crystalline structure. Absolute diligence is therefore necessary during cutting and polishing of the gemstone. All such optical properties are majorly influenced by Physical Properties of Bowenite.
As we are well aware, refractive index is the phenomenon which is related to bending of light through a medium (crystal). It is used in qualitative analysis of gemstones by gemologists Besides, few gemstones exhibit property of dual refractive indices. This dual nature is known as Birefringence. The value of Bowenite refractive index is 1.530-1.575. So if you are searching for prominent Green Gemstones, Bowenite gem is something not miss on, since it has been a favorite pick in the gem wearing community.
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