Optical Properties of Staurolite

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1 Optical Properties
1.1 Luster
1.2 Pleochroism
X = colorless; Y = pale yellow; Z = golden yellow
1.3 Dispersion
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1.4 Transparency
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1.5 Refractive Index
1.6 Optic Character
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1.7 Crystal System
1.8 Birefringence
1.9 Clarity
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Staurolite Luster

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

Staurolite luster is the quantity of light the crystal reflects when light is incident on it. Staurolite which is commonly found in Brown, Brownish, Yellow, Black, Reddish color, is Blue Chart Gem Identification (2010) More from other references in nature. It possess Resinous luster.

Staurolite Refractive Index

Optical properties of a Staurolite 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 Staurolite.

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 Staurolite refractive index is 1.736-1.762. Birefringence value for this gem is 0.009-0.015. So if you are searching for prominent Brown Gemstones, Staurolite gem is something not miss on, since it has been a favorite pick in the gem wearing community.