Calsilica

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Also called "rainbow calsilica," this is a man-made material that displays vibrant layers of bold color. It consists of a mixture of calcite, plastic and coloring pigments. This unique stone is often used in jewelry and carvings to show off its distinctive coloration.

Calsilica Polished
Calsilica Classification
Common Name Calsilica
Species Calsilica
Calsilica Optical Properties
Transparency Opaque
Polariscope Reaction Aggregate (AGG)
Fluorescence SWUV: Variable
LWUV: Variable
Pleochroism None
Calsilica Characteristic Physical Properties
Specific Gravity 1.880-1.920
Inclusions Calsilica has multicolored stripes or layers of granular material. Occasionally bubbles plastic-like material or bubbles are seen between layers.
Cleavage None
Calsilica Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name calcium carbonate + dye and plastic
Chemical Formula Ca(CO3)+dye and plastic
Crystal System NA
Chemistry Classification Carbonate

Calsilica Colors

  • Blue Calsilica Blue
  • Yellow Calsilica Yellow
  • Orange Calsilica Orange
  • Multi-color Calsilica Multi-color
  • Green Calsilica Green

Alternate Names

Rainbow Calsilica

Countries of Origin

Unknown; China; Mexico

History

Calsilica is a man-made material that offers a world of color-bright options. It's often called "rainbow calsilica", because of the bands of bright color that shine in every stone. The cheery stones known as rainbow calsilica add vibrant color to any jewelry collection.

Care

Do not expose calsilica to steam or ultrasonic cleaners; avoid chemicals. Wipe clean with a dry cloth.

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.