Clear Quartz Facet / Faceting Information


Clear Quartz Facet / Faceting Information

Clear/Crystal (Quartz)

Madagasscar Crystals/clear quartz

Color: clear
Moh’s Hardness: 7
Refractive Index: 1.544-1.553
Critical Angle: 40.49°
Specific Gravity: 2.63-2.65
Cleavage: None
Fracture: Conchoidal
Dispersion: .013
Heat Sensitivity: Can be… but is usually not a problem
Dichroism: none
Birefringence (double refraction): Weak (.009)
Crystal structure: Hexagonal

Treatments: Generally none.

What I prefer to polishing with: Cerium oxide with a Spectra Ultralap.

Jeff’s Comments: Cuts and polishes like any other Quartz, usually no problems. I like to use a 1200 Nu Bond lap for pre-polish, it makes the polishing stage faster and easier. Orientating on the “c” is slightly better.

Design Notes: About any Quartz design will work well. As the rough gets more saturated, I prefer checker boards and bar cuts. I prefer to cut large clear Quartz, they are actually pretty impressive, especially for material that costs almost nothing.

Design Links: 4-Way Stop – This is great for saturated rough if you have a piece that will work in the shape.
Be Still My Heart – Good in about any Quartz
CheckMate – Neat in medium color Quartz
Light House – Nice in any Quartz
Utopia – Classic Barion pear

About the author
Jeff R. Graham
The late Jeff Graham was a prolific faceter, creator of many original faceting designs, and the author of several highly-regarded instructional faceting books such as Gram Faceting Designs.
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