Forums General Discussion Is Refractol still available?

  • Alan Balmer

    January 26, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Graves still lists it, but I suspect their catalog is out of date. A search for “refractol substitute” brings up a number of possibilities, but I’m not qualified to evaluate them.

  • scottwkelley

    January 26, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Try contacting I believe she has some. She had at least 20 jars but she showed me a trick using a lazer light for clarity and to see inclusions. $15 I believe. She is the one that makes the italdo diamond spray. Good Luck.

  • Wayne Emery

    January 26, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Hi Nancy,

    I know that Refractol is no longer being distributed, but I have been distributing a replacement, “ImmersAll” for about six months. Contact me by email, I’ll send you pics and info. 2 oz bottles, 4 oz jars and kits including an immersion cell and a set of polarizers. My email is and I am on FB under Wayne Emery.

    Wayne Emery

  • jamescockrell

    February 17, 2018 at 4:05 am

    Try wetting your stone with common hand cleaner like “Germ-X” sold at Wal-Mart. You may be surprised as to how well you can see inside. If nothing else you will have a clean germ free stone when through.

  • Dennis Anderson in sunny Southern California

    February 24, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Hi Nancy, I recently attempted to find Refractol for a new faceter. I wasn’t able to get any from the sources that listed it. So, I did some homework and found that there is a really good replacement that is less messy and safe to use. It is Benzyl Benzoate, RI 1.568. This is available in 50 ml bottles at several online chemical suppliers. It is way less expensive than Refractol and less smelly too. I am no longer using my last bottle of Refractol after using this better disclosing liquid.

    Dennis Anderson in sunny Southern California

  • steveclay

    March 27, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    here are a couple of good household items you might try and find work incredibly well.
    no. 1 caro syrup
    no. 2 olive oil
    no. 3 vegetable oil
    And if you are an ole rock licker these are all save to lick clean. LOL

  • gemmakermz

    September 3, 2018 at 3:19 am

    one of my club members bought a faceting machine in montana with extras and included a bottle sold out of someplace nere death valley in the 60’s-70’s, dont think it out there anymore but i DO AGREE we need something like that to stop wasting time cutting poor stones.

  • Lowjiber

    November 24, 2018 at 12:52 am

    Since Refractol seems to have disappeared, I’ve been using wintergreen oil. Works pretty well when just painted on and smells good too. LOL

  • smossnc

    December 1, 2018 at 4:23 am

    Try this link. I use it and it works great!


  • MSackos

    December 3, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Yes and no. No, sadly Refractol is no longer produced. Yes, it is still available. I searched and searched at the first of the year…when I found a source, I bought two jars. It’s still out there. I’ve tried some of alternatives, like wintergreen, but I did not think Wintergreen worked as well. I haven’t tried Benzyl Benzoate, but it sounds promising.

  • oliviers

    December 5, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Me i use coconut oil, it’s work well, but i have heat it slightly before use it, because it’s cold, it has composition of a thick fat.The advantage is that it does not cost much.

  • Alan Balmer

    December 5, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    I hadn’t seen coconut oil used before. It’s a little on the low side compared to some other common oils. Here’s a link you might find interesting –

  • jameswhurd

    December 9, 2018 at 5:00 am
  • gemmakermz

    March 15, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    HEY dennis and guys are ok. i went to net and tex lab supply has it.
    benzyl benzoate 250ml,8.45 fl.oz. and i paid little over $10 for it and IT WORKS GREAT we look right inside the rough. students love it before wasting their time on a bad piece of rough.

  • landrus60

    March 21, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    A lice and scabies medication for looking into rough…go figure

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