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