Selenite is the name for transparent, colorless to near colorless crystals of gypsum, a hydrous calcium sulfate that is found in a number of forms. The name "selenite" comes from the Greek word selene, meaning "moon", no doubt in reference to the gem's white glow. Gypsum, in all varieties, is very soft and has perfect cleavage so it should be handled with care.
- Optical Properties
- Characteristic Physical Properties
- Chemistry & Crystallography
LWUV: Inert to weak brownish white or greenish white
Countries of Origin
Canada; Morocco; Unknown; United States of America; Brazil; Mexico; Madagascar; Australia; Spain
Due to its soft nature selenite needs to be kept away from harder materials that will damage its surface. Selenite will turn cloudy if exposed to heat.