Forums General Discussion Is Refractol still available?

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    Is Refractol gem immersion fluid still being manufactured and sold? If not, what are people using as a replacement?

    Nancy Attaway


    Alan Balmer

    Graves still lists it, but I suspect their catalog is out of date.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.



    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

    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



    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.


    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



    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



    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.



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



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




    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.



    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

    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 –



    Benzyl Benzoate (RI 1.5681, SG 1.118) is availablee from Amazon. $18.46 for 16 oz. (

    CAS #120-51-4

    MSDS available at



    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.

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