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Luster

The Luster in minerals is in itself, the shine that comes in its surface, the manner in which it reflects light, and can be classified as: metallic, and non-metallic. Non-metallic minerals can be subdivided into: adamantine, resinous, glassy or crystalline, pearlescent, Oily or greasy, Silky, matte and earthy.

Metallic

Pyrite
Metallic Luster Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons Photo
   
Submetallic
Pyrargyrite
Submetallic Luster Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons Photo
   
Non Metallic

Adamantine (Herkimer diamonds)

Adamantine Luster Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons Photo
Resinous (Amber)
Resinous Luster Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons Photo
Glassy or Crystalline (Amethyst Quartz)
Crystalline Luster Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons Photo
Pearlescent (Fire Agate)
Pearlescent Luster Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons Photo

Oily or Greasy (Apatite)

Oily Luster Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons Photo

Silky (Tiger's Eye)
Silky Luster Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons Photo
Matte (Tectite)
Matte Luster Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons Photo
Earthy (Desert Flower)
Earthy Luster Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons Photo