Mesolite

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Mesolite is a zeolite mineral that occurs in delicate, needle-like crystal structures that radiate from its base. Prized by collectors for its striking crystal formation, mesolite is typically white or colorless, but occasionally light yellow in color. Large specimens are very rare, and faceted gems are almost non-existent.

Mesolite Rough
Mesolite Classification
Common Name Mesolite
Species Mesolite
Mesolite Optical Properties
Transparency Transparent - Opaque
Dispersion Strength: strong fire
Refractive Index 1.504-1.508
Birefringence 0.001
Optic Character Biaxial
Optic Sign Positive
Polariscope Reaction Aggregate (AGG), Doubly Refractive (DR)
Fluorescence SWUV: Inert
LWUV: Inert
Pleochroism Unobservable
Mesolite Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 5-5.5
Streak White
Specific Gravity 2.260-2.400 Typical:2.26
Inclusions Mesolite has clusters of radiating needle like crystals and is silky in appearance if fibrous.
Luster Silky, Vitreous
Fracture Uneven
Cleavage Perfect, in two directions
Mesolite Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Formula Na2Ca2Si9Al6O30.8H2O
Crystal System Orthorhombic
Chemistry Classification Silicate
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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.