Rutile and Andalusite optical properties play a significant role while distinguishing these gemstones from each other. These properties are influenced by the Rutile and Andalusite Physical Properties like crystallographic symmetry, pleochroism,etc. in the crystal. Some of the optical properties are refractive index, luster, optic character, pleochroism etc. Prominent among these is Rutile and Andalusite optic character. You might have noticed your gemologist rotating the gemstone while testing it. Rotating a gemstone along its optic axis helps in determining its optic character.
Similar to their colors, Rutile and Andalusite transparency can also be used as criteria for their primary identification. Although transparency cannot be the only criteria for gemstone identification, it can efficiently used in gemstone grading. Talking about their transparency, Rutile is Translucent and Transparent while Rutile is Translucent and Transparent in appearance.
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