Blue Moon Quartz Gemstone & Information | Gemopedia by JTV | Gemopedia™

Blue Moon Quartz

This name refers to quartz gems naturally included with a mist of fine dumortierite crystals. These miniscule blue inclusions give colorless quartz a "mysterious" blue sheen.

Colors

White, Very Light Gray With Blue Sheen

  • Blue-moon-quartz classification

    CommonName
    Blue Moon Quartz
    Species
    Quartz
    Variety
    Blue Moon Quartz
    Colors
    White, Very Light Gray With Blue Sheen
    AlternateNames
    Milky Quartz
    GemstoneGroups
    KeySeparations
    Refractive index, appearance, birefringence, optic character and optic figure.
    ClassificationComments
    Milky quartz with a blue sheen.
  • Blue-moon-quartz chemistry & crystallography

    ChemicalName
    silicon dioxide (aka silica)
    ChemicalFormula
    SiO2
    Synthesis
    CrystalSystem
    Trigonal
    ChemistryClassification
    Silicate
    Nature
    Natural
    Crystallinity
    Crystalline to Aggregate
    ChemistryComments
  • Blue-moon-quartz optical properties

    Transparency
    Translucent - Opaque
    Dispersion
    OpticalComments
    RefractiveIndex
    1.544-1.553
    Tolerance:very constant
    Birefringence
    0.009
    OpticCharacter
    Uniaxial
    OpticSign
    Positive
    PolariscopeReaction
    Doubly Refractive (DR)
    Fluorescence
    SWUV:
    LWUV:
    CCFReaction
    Pleochroism
    None
  • Blue-moon-quartz characteristic physical properties

    Hardness
    7
    CharacteristicComments
    Streak
    White
    SpecificGravity
    2.64-2.69 Typical:2.66
    Toughness
    Good
    Inclusions
    Blue moon quartz has CO2 or H2O inclusions that give it milky appearance.
    Luster
    Vitreous
    Stability
    Good
    Fracture
    Conchoidal
    Cleavage
    None