Can Sandstone Scratch Glass? (ANSWER Plus More About Sandstone)

Yes, sandstone can scratch glass, but not always.

Let us explain.

Can Sandstone Scratch Glass? (EXPLAINED)

Sandstone is a sedimentary rock, and it is made up of several minerals.

That mixture of minerals is not consistent.

Thus, depending upon where the sandstone is located (and its composition), it may or may not scratch glass.

When sandstones are made up of quartz and feldspar, it can scratch glass.

Quartz is a solid seven on the Mohs hardness scale.

Feldspar is only a bit softer, but still hard enough to scratch glass.

Now, if your sandstone is mostly green, that means there’s a high level of glauconite, which barely rates a two on the Mohs hardness scale and may merely crumble of pressed too hard against glass.

Mica is hardly any sturdier.

However, a mostly red sandstone might have a good deal of garnet in there which can definitely scratch some glass up.

If the sandstone is a softer material (like mica) mixed with quartz, it could scratch the glass, assuming it holds it shape well enough to apply pressure.

Like we said, it really depends.

All About Sand and Sandstone

You will, of course, find sand in sandstone.

This could be beach sand, a freshwater sandbar or desert sand.

Sand is formed by a variety of materials being weathered away by water or wind currents and deposited into one place.

All of these sediments build up and bury each other.

The weight of all these sediments start to cause compaction.

Materials dissolved in water seep through and cements these bits together to form a sandstone. 

A handful of sand looks very plain and ordinary, not at all like something someone would display in any respectable rock collection.

But if you were to put a bit of sand under a microscope, you would see a glorious kaleidoscope of colorful individuals.

Some will look like perfect seashells in miniature. Some will look like beads or glassy crystals.

Some will have spot or stripe patterns that will make you wish you could put them in your collection. 

It is because of this variety that most sand and by extension sandstone can scratch glass.

Even in tiny fragments, quartz and feldspar are hard enough to leave scratches in glass.

In fact, some glass is made out of sand and sandstone.

Native Americans used sandstone to sharpen weapons, mold silver and to create mortar and pestle tools.

Anything hard enough for those uses can certainly cut glass!

What else is sandstone used for?

Uses of Sandstone

Sand can be used for more than playgrounds, golf courses and Kitty’s litter box.

It’s also an important ingredient in the making of concrete. Sandcastles? Try sand skyscrapers!

The hardness and unique layered pattern of sandstone makes it ideal for countertops and tiling.

Decorative containers and other ornaments can be made with sandstone.

The sturdy sandstone can handle both head and water, which it can be used for either a fireplace or fountain.

Sandstone can be used to make anything you want to be both strong and beautiful. 

Because a sandstone is many minerals collected together to create one stone, it is often connected with creativity.

If you feel like your thoughts are muddled, or you find yourself feeling too distracted to be creative, try meditating over a sandstone.

Crystals practitioners believe it can help you reach a clarity of mind to sort out your thoughts while intentionally combining them into something useful.

Many people just find handling sand to be calming.

A calm mind can make clear decisions. Sandstone is often associated with the mutable but ever thinking Gemini. 

Sandstone is the State Rock of Nevada.

So much is this sturdy building material revered that the state capital building of Nevada is made out of sandstone.

The beautiful stony scenery of Nevada’s deserts are largely sandstone.  

Valley of Fire State Park and Red Rock Canyon Recreational Lands are places in Nevada to see such natural wonders.

These giant sandstone rocks are estimated to be 180 to 190 million years old. 

They were created by millions of years of natural forces and are mostly composed of lithified sand dunes of the Jurassic period.


People are like the sandstone.

Just like every person is different due to having lived different experiences and being exposed to different things, every sandstone is unique due to being made up of various substances and exposed to a variety of conditions.

The more variety a person has in life, the stronger they will be just as a sandstone will be stronger if it is composed of a variety of material.

But like a sandstone, people can conversely be very fragile, eroding from years of repeated storms. But it is the experience of weathering so many storms that makes the sandstone what it is. 

Perhaps you like to meditate on the symbolism behind the sandstone.

Perhaps you prefer the practicality of a strong, sturdy stone that can handle anything thrown at it.

Perhaps you just like having a stone with a variety of colored bands reflecting a rich history to sit in your rock collection.

Whether your attraction to a mineral is spiritual, practical or aesthetic, the sandstone can give you what you’re looking for. 

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