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Bright Orange Raspite Crystal

The Mineral raspite

Raspite is a rare dimorph of the mineral Stolzite. In its most prolific locality of Broken Hill, Australia, Raspite almost always occurs together with Stolzite, with the Raspite more deeply colored and elongated than the Stolzite. Raspite is named after Charles Rasp (1846-1907). Rasp was credited for discovering the famous Broken Hill deposit, which is the type locality for this mineral and has produced its best examples.
Chemical Formula PbWO4
Composition Lead tungstate
Color Yellow, orange, brown. Rarely gray to white.
Streak White
Hardness 2.5 - 3
Crystal System Monoclinic
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Crystal Forms
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Crystals are prismatic or flatenned tabular. They are always small in size and usually striated lengthwise. Raspite crystals may be twinned in crude v-shaped twins.
Transparency Transparent to translucent
Specific Gravity 8.4 - 8.5
Luster Adamantine, resinous
Cleavage 1,1
Fracture Subconchoidal to uneven
Tenacity Brittle
In Group Tungstates and Molybdates
Striking Features Localities, crystal habits, and color.
Environment As a secondary mineral in the oxidation zone of tungsten deposits.
Rock Type Metamorphic
Popularity (1-4) 4
Prevalence (1-3) 3
Demand (1-3) 2



Raspite is a very rare and valuable collectors mineral.

The most famous locality of Raspite, where it was first described, is Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia. Other localities where this mineral is found in micro crystals are the Cordillera Mine, Tuena, New South Wales, Australia; the Ameib Farm, Erongo Mountains, Namibia; the Clara Mine, Oberwolfach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany; and Les Montmins, Auvergne, France.

Stolzite, Scheelite, Limonite, Goethite, Mottramite

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