Goldenite Quartz | Gemopedia

This unique gem begins as natural milky quartz, but is then treated to impregnate the stone's surface with a high karatage of gold. This results in a distinctively patterned, one-of-a-kind gem.
Alternate
Names
Quartzite
Colors
White With Gold Applique

Goldenite Quartz Classification

Common Name

Goldenite Quartz

Species

Quartz

Variety

Goldenite Quartz

Colors

White With Gold Applique

Alternate Names

Quartzite

Gemstone Groups

Key Separations

Refractive index, appearance, birefringence, optic character and optic figure.

Comments

RI must be taken on a white surface of the stone.

Goldenite Quartz Optical Properties

Transparency

Translucent - Opaque

Refractive Index

1.544-1.553
Tolerance:very constant

Birefringence

0.009

Optic Character

Uniaxial

Optic Sign

Positive

Polariscope Reaction

Doubly Refractive (DR)

Fluorescence

SWUV:
LWUV:

CCF Reaction

Pleochroism

None

Dispersion

Comments

Goldenite Quartz Chemistry & Crystallography

Chemical Name

silicon dioxide (aka silica)

Chemical Formula

SiO2

Synthesis

Crystal System

Trigonal

Classification

Silicate

Nature

Natural

Crystallinity

Crystalline to Aggregate

Comments

Goldenite Quartz Characteristic Physical Properties

Hardness

7

Streak

Specific Gravity

2.64-2.69 Typical:2.66

Toughness

Good

Inclusions

CO2 or H2O inclusions that give the stone a milky appearance. Gold foil has been applied to the surface of the stone.

Luster

Vitreous

Stability

Good

Fracture

Conchoidal

Cleavage

None

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