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Collectible minerals - full range in stock "Cordierite"

Cordierite is a mineral with a pronounced property of dichroism, which was discovered during its study. Dichroism is the property of absorbing light differently depending on its polarization. It is typical for contact-metamorphic rocks in conditions of high content of aluminum and magnesium. Cordierite easily changes, turning into muscovite and chlorite. Quality cordierite is used by jewelers as a precious stone.

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Physical properties of Cordierite

Category Cyclosilicate
(repeating unit)
IMA symbol Crd
Strunz classification 9.CJ.10
Dana classification
Cordierite group
Crystal system Orthorhombic
Crystal class Dipyramidal (mmm)
H-M symbol: (2/m 2/m 2/m)
Space group Cccm
Unit cell a = 17.079 Å,
b = 9.730 Å,
c = 9.356 Å; Z = 4
Color Blue, smoky blue, bluish violet; greenish, yellowish brown, gray; colorless to very pale blue in thin section in transmitted light
Crystal habit Pseudo-hexagonal prismatic twins, as imbedded grains, and massive
Twinning Common on {110}, {130}, simple, lamellar, cyclical
Cleavage Fair on {100}, poor on {001} and {010}
Fracture Subconchoidal
Tenacity Brittle
Mohs scale hardness 7 - 7.5
Luster Greasy or vitreous
Streak White
Diaphaneity Transparent to translucent
Specific gravity 2.57 - 2.66
Optical properties Usually optically (-), sometimes (+); 2V = 0-90°
Refractive index nα = 1.527 - 1.560 nβ = 1.532 - 1.574 nγ = 1.538 - 1.578 Indices increase with Fe content.
Pleochroism X = pale yellow, green; Y = violet, blue-violet; Z = pale blue
Fusibility on thin edges
Diagnostic features Resembles quartz, can be distinguished by pleochroism. Can be distinguished from corundum by its lower hardness
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