Tourmalinated Quartz | Gemopedia

Mother Nature must have been in a whimsical, artistic mood when she created tourmalinated quartz. These crystals are usually colorless rock crystal with long, slender tourmaline inclusions, usually black in color. A relative unknown to the general public, this gem is truly a marvel! The inclusions are always one-of-a-kind, making a beautiful display in a gem collection or jewelry pieces.
Alternate
Names
Sagenitic Quartz
Colors
Colorless With Tourmaline Inclusions Commonly Black

Tourmalinated Quartz Classification

Common Name

Tourmalinated Quartz

Species

Quartz

Variety

Tourmalinated Quartz

Colors

Colorless With Tourmaline Inclusions Commonly Black

Alternate Names

Sagenitic Quartz

Gemstone Groups

Key Separations

Refractive index, appearance, birefringence, optic character and optic figure. A bull's-eye optic figure is determinative for quartz; may also show Airy's spiral optic figure and Brazil-law twinning under crossed polarizing filters.

Comments

Colorless quartz with visible needle-like inclusions is a variety called "sagenitic."

Tourmalinated Quartz Optical Properties

Transparency

Transparent - 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: Inert
LWUV: Inert

CCF Reaction

Pleochroism

None

Dispersion

Strength: weak fire Value: 0.013

Comments

Tourmalinated Quartz Chemistry & Crystallography

Chemical Name

silicon dioxide (aka silica)

Chemical Formula

SiO2

Synthesis

Crystal System

Trigonal

Classification

Silicate

Nature

Natural

Crystallinity

Crystalline

Comments

Tourmalinated Quartz Characteristic Physical Properties

Hardness

7

Streak

White

Specific Gravity

2.64-2.69 Typical:2.66

Toughness

Good

Inclusions

Tourmalinated quartz will contain tourmaline inclusions and may contain liquid, two-phase and three-phase inclusions, negative crystals, minerals, needles, rutile and iron particles.

Luster

Vitreous

Stability

Good

Fracture

Conchoidal

Cleavage

None

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