Clear Quartz Facet / Faceting Information


Madagasscar Crystals

Clear/Crystal (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

Gram Faceting Archive of Information
This edited version of an article by the late Jeff Graham is part of a special archived informational series from Gram Faceting. Used with permission.