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This is a term used to describe the luster of gem. Some gems that exhibit a waxy luster are: carnelian, chalcedony, turquoise.


White Gold

An alloy of gold made with nickel. Sometimes the jeweler also mixes palladium or zinc in the alloy. White gold has a brighter and whiter color than silver due to the nickel content.


Widmanstatten lines

Etching slices of meteorites with nitric acid allow patterns known as Widmanstatten lines in meteorites"Widmanstatten lines" to be more visible. These lines and patterns are the result of the meteorite cooling in outer space over billions of years.


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