Mermaid Crystal® Fact Sheet
A: Mermaid Crystal is a new synthetic cutting material, which closely resembles fire opal. The flashes of color resemble "fire".
A: Mermaid Crystal made its debut at the Tucson Gem And Mineral Show in February 2003.
A: It is made from a special type of crystal glass with dichroic flakes floating inside.
A: It is available in slabs ¼ to ½ inch thick.
A: It may be cut into cabochons or carved with lapidary tools. The transparent type makes fabulous faceted stones.
A: They are pieces of a thin film consisting of alternating layers of silica and zirconia each only one quarter of the thickness of a wave of light.
A: The layers (which are clear and uncolored) produce color by diffraction in a way similar to natural gem opal.
A: Like natural opal, Mermaid Crystal has an orientation for maximum fire. This fire layer is always oriented parallel to the slab, unlike natural opal. The material is therefore self orienting. Just mark the slab and cut it. If you are faceting make the top of the slab the table facet.
A: Very easy. Carbide or diamond wheels work well. Light pressure is recommended.
A: Cerium oxide is the fastest but any polishing compound will work. It takes a super polish.
A: It looks great either way.
A: Azotic LLC located at 921 37th Ave NW Rochester Minnesota
507-280-6763 Website: azotic.us