Optical Properties of Clinochlore

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1 Optical Properties
1.1 Luster
Pearly, Greasy
1.2 Pleochroism
Distinct: light yellow-green to light bluE
1.3 Dispersion
Albite Optical ..
Not Available
Rank: N/A (Overall)
Fluorite Optical Properties
1.4 Transparency
1.5 Refractive Index
1.6 Optic Character
1.7 Crystal System
Monoclinic Prismatic H-M Symbol (2/m) Space Group: C 2/m
1.8 Birefringence
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1.9 Clarity

Clinochlore Luster

Optical Properties of Clinochlore 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. Clinochlore optical properties like luster, clarity, refractive index etc. are used to determine the non-destructive methods during gemstone identification and evaluation.

Clinochlore luster is the quantity of light the crystal reflects when light is incident on it. Clinochlore which is commonly found in Green, Grey, Green, White color, is Transparent in nature. It possess Greasy and Pearly luster.

Clinochlore Refractive Index

Optical properties of a Clinochlore 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 Clinochlore.

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 Clinochlore refractive index is 1.571-1.597. So if you are searching for prominent Green Gemstones, Clinochlore gem is something not miss on, since it has been a favorite pick in the gem wearing community.