THE MINERAL DANBURITE
Danburite is not a well-known mineral but is growing in popularity.
With crystals similar to topaz, danburite offers a unique opportunity
for a collector who likes perfectly transparent crystal clusters.
People who admire clear quartz will like the different look of
danburite. Its diamond-shaped cross-section and wedge like termination
is a contrast to quartz's hexagonal prisms and pyramidal terminations.
Danburite's original locality is now buried under the city of
Color is almost always clear or white, but also can
be shades of yellow, pink and brown.
Luster is vitreous.
Transparency: Crystals are transparent to translucent.
Crystal System is orthorhombic; 2/m 2/m 2/m
Crystal Habits include generally prismatic crystals
with a diamond-shaped cross-section. The termination is a steeply
slanted dome producing a wedge look. Crystals can be rather thin
to almost acicular or up to a foot long and several inches across.
Cleavage is poor in one direction, basal.
Fracture is uneven to conchoidal.
Hardness is 7 - 7.5
Specific Gravity is approximately 3.0 (average)
Streak is white or colorless.
Associated Minerals are quartz,
Notable Occurrences include Danbury, Connecticut and
Russell, New York, USA; Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico; Kyushu
Is., Japan; Mogok, Burma and Uri, Switzerland.
Best Field Indicators are crystal habit, poor cleavage,
hardness and associations.