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. In 2011 pink mookaite was discovered at the Binthalya prospect.

Mookaite Polished
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
Hardness 6-6.5
Toughness Poor
Luster Vitreous, Dull
Cleavage None
Mookaite Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name silicified porcelanite
Crystal System NA
Chemistry Classification Rock

Mookaite Colors

  • Yellow Mookaite Yellow
  • Pink Mookaite Pink
  • Purple Mookaite Purple
  • Brown Mookaite Brown
  • Multi-color Mookaite Multi-color
  • Red Mookaite Red

Alternate Names

Moukaite

Countries of Origin

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.

Care

Normal Care

More About Mookaite

Mookaite is named after Mooka Creek where it is mined. “Mooka” is the aboriginal word for running waters and it is homage to the freshwater springs that can be found in Mooka Creek.

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.