Selenite

Selenite is named after Greek word for the Moon, referring to the moonlight effect from cleavage surfaces.

Selenite is a variety of Gypsum that occurs in transparent crystals or crystalline masses. It is often colourless with a vitreous or pearly lustre.
General Information
A variety or type of:Gypsum
Photos of natural/un-cut material from mindat.org
Physical Properties of Selenite
Mohs Hardness2
Arthur Thomas, Gemstones (2009)
Colour
Colour (General)Colourless
Arthur Thomas, Gemstones (2009)
TransparencyTransparent,Translucent
Arthur Thomas, Gemstones (2009)
LustreVitreous,Pearly
Arthur Thomas, Gemstones (2009)
Further Information
Mineral information:Selenite information at mindat.org
Copyright © Jolyon & Katya Ralph 1993-2021. Site Map. Locality, gem & photograph data are the copyright of the individuals who submitted them. For more information please contact the . Gemdat.org is an online information resource dedicated to providing free gemmological information to all.