Optical Properties of Moonstone

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1 Optical Properties
1.1 Luster
1.2 Pleochroism
AbsentWalter Schumann
1.3 Dispersion
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Rank: N/A (Overall)
Fluorite Optical Properties
1.4 Transparency
Transparent, Transparent to translucent
1.5 Refractive Index
1.6 Optic Character
Not Available
1.7 Crystal System
1.8 Birefringence
1.9 Clarity

Moonstone Luster

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

Moonstone luster is the quantity of light the crystal reflects when light is incident on it. Moonstone which is commonly found in White, Green, Brownish color, is Transparent and Transparent to translucent in nature. It possess Pearly luster.

Moonstone Refractive Index

Optical properties of a Moonstone 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 Moonstone.

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 Moonstone refractive index is 1.518-1.527. Birefringence value for this gem is 0.006-0.007. So if you are searching for prominent Semi Precious Gemstones, Moonstone gem is something not miss on, since it has been a favorite pick in the gem wearing community.