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THE MINERAL VESZELYITE

  • Chemistry: (Cu, Zn)3PO4(OH)3 - 2H2O , Hydrated Copper Zinc Phosphate Hydroxide.
  • Class: Phosphates
  • Uses: only as a mineral specimen.
  • Specimens

Veszelyite is a rare, but beautiful copper and zinc phosphate mineral. Specimens often command some fairly lofty prices for even diminutive specimens, which is a direct testament to veszelyite's rarity and attractiveness. It has a nice emerald-green to green-blue color and a high luster which produces a good colorful sparkle. Crystals are often randomly and individually attached on specimens much like green sprinkles that are spread on an ice cream cone. Veszelyite is truly a joy to collect.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Color is emerald-green, green, blue or most commonly green-blue.
  • Luster is vitreous.
  • Transparency crystals are transparent to translucent.
  • Crystal System is monoclinic.
  • Crystal Habits include slender prismatic, nearly wedge shaped crystals and granular aggregates.
  • Hardness is 3.5 - 4
  • Specific Gravity is approximately 3.4 (above average for translucent minerals)
  • Streak is green to greenish blue.
  • Associated Minerals include quartz and various copper and zinc secondary minerals.
  • Notable Occurrences are limited to Kipushi, Shaba, Rep. of Congo; Kabwe, Zambia; Moravicza, Banat, Romania and Black Pine Mine, Montana, USA.
  • Best Field Indicators are crystal habit, locality and color.

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