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Adularescence

Optical effect exhibited on certain minerals and gemstones where they display a billowy, ghost-like reflection with a bluish-whitish color emanating from the surface. This effect is caused by structural anomalies or a build up of water in the mineral. Opal and Moonstone are the most well-known adularescent minerals. The name is derived from the feldspar variety of Adularia, of which Moonstone belongs to.

Moonstone Exhibiting Adularescence



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