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Polycrystalline substances are minerals whose outer shape is not recognized as a clear crystalline form. The crystalline form can only be recognized under high magnification. It is a grouping name of microcrystalline and cryptocrystalline materials. The latter two definitions being absolute due to the high magnification powers of modern microscopes. Below you can see a good example of a polycrystalline gemstone: chrysoprase.

Early 20th Century Pin Centered with a Translucent Oval Cabochon Chrysoprase Chalcedony.