Lava Rock

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Also known as scoria, lava rock is formed from solidified volcanic lava. A defining feature of this rock is cavities caused by trapped gas bubbles. Unlike pumice, however, lava rock does not float on water. The unique look of this highly porous rock, along with its relatively light weight, makes it popular for jewelry and ornamental carvings.

Lava Rock Polished
Lava Rock Classification
Common Name Lava Rock
Species Rock
Lava Rock Optical Properties
Transparency Opaque
Dispersion Strength: None
Optic Character NA
Fluorescence SWUV: Inert
LWUV: Inert
Pleochroism None
Lava Rock Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 5-6
Streak White
Toughness Poor
Inclusions Lava rock or scoria will have rounded or elongated cavities.
Luster Dull, Subvitreous
Stability Good
Fracture Conchoidal
Cleavage Perfect
Lava Rock Chemistry & Crystallography
Crystal System NA
Chemistry Classification Rock

Lava Rock Colors

  • Yellow Lava Rock Yellow
  • Purple Lava Rock Purple
  • Pink Lava Rock Pink
  • Orange Lava Rock Orange
  • Green Lava Rock Green
  • Gray Lava Rock Gray
  • Brown Lava Rock Brown
  • Blue Lava Rock Blue
  • Black Lava Rock Black
  • Red Lava Rock Red
  • White Lava Rock White

Alternate Names

Scoria

Countries of Origin

Tanzania, United Republic Of; Afghanistan; Iceland; Costa Rica; Greece; China; Russian Federation (the); Chile; Bahamas (the); Ecuador; Argentina; United States of America (the); Hungary; Japan; Kenya; India; New Zealand; Canada; Cuba; Barbados; Turkey; Italy; Mexico; Australia; Jamaica; Peru; Ethiopia; Indonesia

Care

Gentle wear; avoid ultrasonics and high heat.

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.