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Thick Jamesonite Crystal Needles

The Mineral jamesonite

Jamesonite typically forms in a unique crystal habit of fine acicular crystals that appear as woven, hair-like fibers. It may also form as dense, hairy inclusions within other crystals, such as Calcite, Fluorite, and Barite. Jamesonite often forms together with the chemically similar mineral Boulangerite, and it may be very difficult to visually distinguish these two minerals. Jamesonite is named after Robert Jameson (1774-1854), a Scottish mineralogist.
Chemical Formula Pb4FeSb6S14
Composition Lead antimony sulfide, often with copper and zinc
Color Lead-gray. May occasionally tarnish with an iridescent film.
Streak Dark gray to black
Hardness 2.5
Crystal System Monoclinic
Crystal Forms
and Aggregates
Most often in acicular or interlocking masses of long hair-like crystals as well as thicker crystals. Also fibrous, plumose, radiating, in compact fibrous masses, reticulated, in spherical masses, in interconnected thin slender crystals, and in masses with rough crystal faces.
Transparency Opaque
Specific Gravity 5.5 - 6.0
Luster Metallic
Cleavage 2,1
Fracture Uneven to splintery
Tenacity Brittle
In Group Sulfides; Sulfosalts
Striking Features Color, crystal habits, and brittleness
Environment Low temperature hydrothermal replacement deposits.
Rock Type Sedimentary
Popularity (1-4) 3
Prevalence (1-3) 3
Demand (1-3) 2

Jamesonite AUCTIONS
Feather Ore May refer to either Boulangerite or Jamesonite due to their prevalent habit forming in feathery crystal aggregates.

Jamesonite is a minor ore of lead.

Jamesonite is a not a common mineral. It has been found in many of the famous arsenic-rich hydrothermal replacement deposit ore localities. It was first described from Cornwall, England, where this mineral had occurred in several localities, especially St. Endellion. Fine hairy Jamesonite masses were found at Příbram, Bohemia, Czech Republic; and rounded crystal masses from the Herja Mine, Baia Mare, Maramureș Co., Romania. The Herja Mine has also produced a rare form Calcite colored dark gray from dense Jamesonite inclusions. The Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Hunan Province, China, produces large masses of feathery Jamesonite crystals associated with Quartz.

Large crystal masses of Jamesonite of excellent quality have come from the San José Mine, Oruro Bolivia. In Mexico, fine hairy masses are known from the Noche Buena Mine, Mazapil, Zacatecas; and aggregates of unusually thick crystals have come from Concepción del Oro and Sombrerete, Zacatecas.

In the U.S., Jamesonite needles interwoven with Quartz crystals have come from the Daly-Judge Mine, Park City District, Summit Co., Utah; and parallel masses were found in the Coeur d'Alene district, Shoshone Co., Idaho.

Quartz, Pyrite, Chalcopyrite, Fluorite, Calcite, Stibnite

Boulangerite - Crystal fibers are flexible.
Millerite - Color is more yellowish.
Stibnite - Crystals usually thicker.

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