Wax Opal

Yellow-brown Opal with wax-like luster.
General Information
A variety or type of:Common Opal, which is a variety of Opal
Chemical Formula
SiO
 
2
· nH
 
2
O
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Physical Properties of Wax Opal
Mohs Hardness5.5 to 6.5
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Specific Gravity1.98 to 2.50
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TenacityBrittle
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Cleavage QualityNone
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FractureConchoidal
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Optical Properties of Wax Opal
Refractive Index1.37 to 1.52
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BirefringenceNone
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PleochroismAbsent
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Colour
Colour (General)Yellow-brown
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TransparencyTranslucent,Opaque
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LustreWaxy
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Crystallography of Wax Opal
Crystal SystemAmorphous
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HabitKidney- or grape-shaped aggregates
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Further Information
Mineral information:Wax Opal information at mindat.org
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