Labradorite Facet / Faceting Information

A guide to Labradorite Facet Information. Essential details on Labradorite faceting which includes tips on cuts, polishes and other helpful information.


Labradorite Facet / Faceting Information

Labradorite (Feldspar)

Labrodite/labradorite facet

Color: Pale yellow to gray with play of color, quality material has a rainbow like sheen
Moh's Hardness: 6-6.5
Refractive Index: 1.52-1.568
Critical Angle: 41.14°
Specific Gravity: 2.69-2.70
Cleavage: Perfect
Fracture: Uneven, somewhat brittle.
Dispersion: .012 (Considered low, but the combination of a high polish and minute inclusions can simulate the effect of moderate dispersion).
Heat Sensitivity: Moderate in my experience
Dichroism: Weak
Birefringence (double refraction): Weak to medium (.005-.01)
Crystal Structure: Triclinic

Treatments: Generally none

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

Jeff's Comments: Cuts and polishes easily, use a medium fine lap like a 600 grit for roughing in because a coarse lap can sometimes aggravate cleavage. Cleavage usually is not a problem, sharp corners have a tendency to chip out sometimes during cutting. Orientate the sheen up through the table if there is schiller present.

Design Notes: About any Quartz design will work well. I prefer a deeper design and often cut Barions.

Design Links: Tzar - High dome will help improve color and sparkle

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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