Description of a gemstone that blocks light from passing through. It could be due to the number of inclusions or flaws, or it could simply be a characteristic of the gemstone; opals, for example, exhibit varying degrees of opacity.
stones can be ruined by chemicals. Wait a few minutes after applying hairspray or perfume to put them on; remove them before using lotion. -- In Style Magazine, July 1999
Jewelry Frequently Asked Questions ...
In gemstone use, an opaque gem is one that does not allow light to pass through. It is not transparent or translucent.
Examples: Lapis , Turquoise , and Malachite .
(adj, n) generally speaking, that which is not transparent, impenetrable to light. In context of gemmology, a non-transpararent gemstone such as turquoise or jasper.
opaque Impenetrable by light; neither transparent nor translucent. Opacity is the quality of being opaque.
orient The iridescent effect visible in finer quality pearls; also called overtone.
: A substance which is not transparent or translucent. i.e. a substance that does not allow light to pass through it.
Not transparent or translucent.
Matter that is not technically a gemstone, but is derived from animal or plant life. Organic gems include amber, coral, ivory, pearl and tortoise shell among others.
: No light is transmitted.
Translucent: Some light is transmitted.
Transparent: A high proportion of the light is transmitted.
Opaque: A term used for gemstones that you cannot see any light passing through the gem. Lapis and malachite are an example of this.
Something which is not transparent and does not reflect light; dull
Opaque & Porous gems:
Pearls, turquoise, coral etc need special care. These gems are porous i.e. they can absorb, so using a chemical cleaner, even soap may cause the stone to discolour.
The quality of not allowing the transmission of light.
The effect a material has on the transmission on light.
OPAQUE. When no light is transmitted.
OPTIC AXIS. The line in a double refracting crystal in the direction of which no double refraction occurs.
ORGANIC. Pertaining to the animal or vegetable kingdom.
Seed beads that are solid in colour and therefore not transparent
Pearl Seed Bead ...
Opaque - There are several ways a light travels through a stone. In opaque stones, no light is reflected.
Open Work - Similar to filigree, this ring setting is designed to allow viewing of the bottom of the gemstone.
refers to the transparency of a gemstone. Generally stone does not transmit light as it is so thick with inclusions or flaws and due to that light is blocked from passing through the gemstone.
Optical Effects ...
Opaque, meaning the stone will not transmit light through it.
Translucent, or cloudy, meaning that the stone transmits light, but you cannot see clearly through it.
sunstone with snowflakes (photo: Dan Dennis)
The addition of copper provides Oregon Sunstone with a vivid burgundy-red, reddish-brown, mauve, or orange-red color which is sometimes confused with red andesine .
Opaque to translucent. Few varieties can be transparent too.
Tetrahedral crystal system.
The medicinal powers of these stones linger a notorious topic, but are stated over the centuries by most healers, and spiritualists, as well.
Opaque variety of quartz with alternating black areas interspersed with lighter-colored lines. Color from silicon dioxide. Mohs' hardness rating of 7.
means blocking the passage of light (as opposed to translucent or transparent).
Opaque - describes substance that does not transmit light.
Orient - describes the depth of luster in pearl; it is created by layers of nacre.
Pavilion - the lower portion of the gemstone.
Translucent chalcedony with small inclusions (usually mica) that shimmer.
opaque, translucent, and rarely transparent
columnar, prismatic, typically twinned, and rarely massive ...
stones like onyx are sometimes treated to enhance their natural color and luster.
A quality that describes gemstones, synthetic jewelry, or painted surfaces that denotes an inability for light to pass through the surface. The opposite quality is translucence. Turquoise or solid paint would be considered opaque.
stones with good color are cut into cabochons,
or "promotional" grade faceted stones used in inexpensive
Birthstone jewelry. Emerald is a May birthstone.
Opaque variety of quartz and is usually red, yellow or brown. Sometimes with banding or stripes through the stone. 6.5-7.
A solid or non-transparent gemstone such as Onyx or Jade. If some light passes through the stone it would be translucent, not .
OPERA LENGTH A single strand of pearls 30" to 35" in length.
Opaque agate that shows iridescent colors, usually against a brown background. The only significant sources are Mexico and the U.S.
Fire Opal ...
An crypto-crystalline variety of quartz of varying colours, usually red, green, yellow, brown or white. It is of little value and used mostly for inexpensive jewelry and small ornamental objects such as ashtrays and candlesticks.
An opaque light green to blue-green feldspar with a distinctive mottled or striated appearance that is often cut en cabochon.
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