Opalite

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Opalite is a man-made opalescent glass. When opalite is placed against a dark backdrop, it takes on a luminous blue or pink glow. Blue opalite has even been confused for moonstone at times.

Opalite Polished
Opalite Classification
Common Name Opalite
Species Opalite
Opalite Optical Properties
Transparency Translucent-Transparent
Refractive Index 1.500-1.520
Optic Character NA
Optic Sign NA
Polariscope Reaction Anomalous Double Refraction (ADR), Singly Refractive (SR)
Fluorescence SWUV: Variable
LWUV: Variable
Opalite Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 5
Toughness Poor
Inclusions Air bubbles or swirls
Luster Dull, Vitreous
Fracture Conchoidal
Cleavage None
Opalite Chemistry & Crystallography
Crystal System NA

Opalite Colors

  • Blue Opalite Blue
  • White Opalite White
  • Pink Opalite Pink
  • Multi-color Opalite Multi-color
  • Colorless Opalite Colorless

Alternate Names

Opal simulate, glass

Countries of Origin

China

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.