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Opalite Cabochon R9

Opalite Cabochon R9



  • Composition: Opalite, also known as "sea opal" or "moonstone," is a man-made glass. Unlike natural opals, which are composed of silica spheres arranged in a regular pattern, Opalite is crafted through a process involving the combination of dolomite and metal to create an opalescent appearance.

    Structure: Opalite does not possess a natural crystal structure as it is a synthetic glass. Its opalescent effect is achieved by adding various substances during the manufacturing process.

    Color: Opalite is typically milky or translucent with a subtle play of colors, displaying hues reminiscent of opals, including blues, purples, and pinks.

    Hardness: Opalite is not measured on the Mohs scale as it is not a mineral. However, it is generally softer than natural gemstones, making it suitable for carving and shaping into various forms.

    Luster: Opalite exhibits a glassy or vitreous luster when polished, contributing to its attractive appearance.

    Transparency: Opalite is usually translucent, allowing light to pass through its glassy matrix.

    Occurrence: Opalite is not a naturally occurring mineral; it is a synthetic material created through the combination of specific components in controlled environments.

    Manufacturing Process: Opalite is produced by combining dolomite, a type of carbonate mineral, with metal to create an opalescent glass. The specific process involves melting the components and forming the glass to achieve the desired appearance.

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