The Mineral GOETHITE

Goethite has had a reputation for making rather uninteresting, dull and "dirty" mineral specimens. This is definitely not true of many of the fine specimens available to collectors today. Some good pieces show splendid radiating clusters of deep black crystals. Massive stalactitic forms show rainbows of irridescent colors on surreal landscapes. Many times Goethite forms the backdrop or matrix for other minerals such as red Vanadinite, making a visually appealing mineral specimen.


  • Color is yellow, brown, brownish red to black. Sometimes tarnished with irridescent colors.
  • Luster is earthy to dull for massive forms and metallic for crystals.
  • Transparency crystals are opaque.
  • Crystal System is orthorhombic; 2/m 2/m 2/m
  • Crystal Habits include prismatic and platy crystals, massive and aggregate forms include internally radiating or fibrous; reniform, botryoidal and stalactitic.
  • Cleavage is perfect in one direction.
  • Fracture is uneven to splintery.
  • Hardness is 5-5.5
  • Specific Gravity is variable at 3.3 to 4.3 (light for metallic minerals)
  • Streak is brown, brownish yellow to orange yellow.
  • Associated Minerals include a large list of minerals (particularly secondary deposit minerals).
  • Notable Occurences include many iron mines around the world; especially nice specimens come from England, Mexico, and the Lake Superior region in Michigan, USA.
  • Best Field Indicators are crystal habit, streak and tarnish.
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Available GOETHITE specimens:
GOETHITE specimen GOE-26
$ 38.00 -30% = $ 26.60
Dims: 2.05x1.16x0.90in (5.20x2.96x2.29cm) .... Wt: 2.65oz (75.0g) .... Loc: Pelican Point, Utah County, Utah, USA
This is an excellent specimen of a goethite pseudomorph after pyrite. Even the striations of the original pyrite crystal have been preserved in the transformation to goethite.
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$ 26.60
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GOETHITE specimen GOE-27
$ 60.00 -30% = $ 42.00
Dims: 3.73x2.21x1.15in (9.47x5.61x2.91cm) .... Wt: 4.9oz (140g) .... Loc: RAK Trail Creek, Teller County, Colorado, USA
An unusual specimen of goethite, this one shows radial clusters of brown crystals residing on a smoky quartz plate. It was mined in the summer of 1993.
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$ 42.00
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GOETHITE specimen GOE-28
$ 30.00 -20% = $ 24.00
Dims: 2.16x2.01x0.71in (5.48x5.11x1.80cm) .... Wt: 4.1oz (115g) .... Loc: Teller County, Colorado, USA
This specimen displays somewhat distorted quartz crystals painted completely black by goethite inclusions, arranged around a base of dense radial clusters of goethite crystals. From the top, they simply look mammilary in form, with a texture like sandpaper, but the broken edges around the bottom reveal the radial growth pattern, and that the sandpaper texture is the crystal tops. I've seen prettier goethite, but this one is more crystalline.
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$ 24.00
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GOETHITE specimen GOE-29
$ 25.00 -20% = $ 20.00
Dims: 1.02x0.95x0.58in (2.59x2.42x1.47cm) .... Wt: 0.270oz (7.75g) .... Loc: Teller County, Colorado, USA
This is a wonderful spray of goethite crystals, all sprouting from the tip of a small cluster of more goethite. The goethite is organized into books of leaves which grow larger toward their ends, lending them a curved appearance. They have excellent metallic to resinous luster.
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$ 20.00
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