What is Luster? - Definition, Types & Examples


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Which of the following choices describes luster?

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1. Which type of luster describes a diamond?

2. What type of luster has a similar reflective property to glass?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In this quiz, you'll be asked to identify the types of luster exhibited by certain minerals. Luster is a quality all minerals have, and there are different vocabulary terms to describe the type of luster any given mineral displays. You can test your understanding of these vocab terms with these review materials.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz to test your ability to:

  • Find the definition of luster
  • Identify mineral attributes pertaining to luster
  • Select the correct luster vocabulary term from a list
  • Identify whether materials are metallic, resinous, pearly, waxy and more

Skills Practiced

Practice these skills when you use the review materials:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as silky, waxy, vitreous, adamantine, pearly, metallic, dull and submetallic
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what type of luster is exhibited by gold
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding resinous minerals and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about luster, use the accompanying lesson titled What is Luster? - Definition, Types & Examples. The lesson on luster will cover the following objectives:

  • Define luster
  • Discuss types of metallic luster
  • Review the many variants of nonmetallic luster
  • View example minerals that exhibit each luster type