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What are some optical properties of a diamond?

Luster, Brilliance, Dispersion, Fluorescence, Reflection, Refraction

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Luster

Refers to the quantity and quality of the light which is reflected from a mineral's exterior surfaces. Luster provides an assessment of how much the mineral surface 'sparkles'.

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Categories of Luster:

Primarily divided into the three categories of metallic, sub-metallic and nonmetallic luster.

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Metallic Luster

Minerals possessing metallic luster are opaque and very reflective, possessing a high absorptive index.