Mookaite

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Mookaite comes in the warm earthy colors of reds, yellows and browns. It is a silica-rich porcelanite (a natural ceramic) created by the weathering of a special rock deposit in Western Australia. It owes its bold colors and texture to its variable composition.

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Mookaite Classification
Common Name Mookaite
Species Quartz
Mookaite Optical Properties
Transparency Opaque
Dispersion Strength: None
Optic Character NA
Optic Sign NA
Polariscope Reaction Aggregate (AGG)
Fluorescence SWUV: Inert
LWUV: Inert
Pleochroism None
Mookaite Characteristic Physical Properties
Toughness Poor
Luster Vitreous, Dull
Cleavage None
Mookaite Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name silicified porcelanite
Crystal System NA
Chemistry Classification Rock

Alternate Names

Moukaite

Countries of Origin

China; Australia

History

Warm, earthy colors characterize this unusual offering from Down Under. A natural ceramic, mookaite is as richly varied as the country in which it is found. The distinctive coloring which makes it so appealing comes from the weathering of the rock deposit in which its found. You may even notice some textural elements that add to its uniqueness in the stone world.

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More About Mookaite

This stone is said to have been named from the Aboriginal term "Mooka" meaning running waters. For those who believe in the metaphysical power of gemstones, it's said to promote positive change. There's no scientific basis for that idea, but we do believe owning some might promote a positive change in your jewelry wardrobe!

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.