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|System:||Amorphous||Hardness:||5 - 6½|
|Name:||From the Celtic word glas (bluish-green)|
An amorphous, homogeneous material with a random liquid-like structure generally formed due to rapid cooling.
Glasses can be natural (such as obsidian) or artificial (e.g., in slags). Artificial glasses are predominantly composed of silica with a few impurities.
Crystals in igneous rocks may contain tiny inclusions of frozen melt, i.e., glass.
In gemmology, man-made glasses have been used as gems since the discovery of glass, and special glass varieties, such as lead glass, containing additives have been used to simulate more valuable gemstones, such as diamond.
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Classification of Glass
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Physical Properties of Glass
|Diaphaneity (Transparency):||Transparent, Translucent, Opaque|
|Hardness (Mohs):||5 - 6½|
Crystallography of Glass
Optical Data of Glass
Other Names for Glass
|Health Warning:||No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.|
Internet Links for Glass
|Specimens:||The following Glass specimens are currently listed for sale on minfind.com.|
Localities for Glass
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