Mineralpedia Details for Calaverite
Named for the type locality at the type locality in the Stanislaus mine in Calaveras County in California, USA. Additional localities for this uncommon mineral include others in the USA, Mexico, Chile, Canada, Australia, Japan, Fiji, the Philippines, and Russia, among several others. Generally, Calaverite occurs in low-temperature hydrothermal deposits in veins, although it can occur in hydrothermal deposits of all temperatures. Associated minerals include altaite, coloradoite, krennerite, rickardite, other tellurides, pyrite, arsenopyrite, tetrahedrite, tennantite, sphalerite, stibnite, and other sulfides.
Ref. Handbook of Mineralogy, Anthony et al (1995) and MSA at http://www.handbookofmineralogy.org/pdfs/calaverite.pdf
- Crystal System
- Crystal Habit
- Striated, Massive, Crystalline - Fine
- None, None, None
- yellow, yellowish white
- Monoclinic - Prismatic
- Brittle - Conchoidal
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Calaverite from Cresson mine, Cripple Creek, Teller Co., Colorado, United States
Bladed, striated, dark brown Calaverite crystals to 0.5mm on Fluorite.
Calaverite from Cripple Creek dist., Teller Co., Colorado, United States
A rather rich specimen with elongated, striated bleded crystals to 6mm. Very rich specimen with also two appearant octahedrally shapped crystals, which at first glance seems to be orthorhombic which points to the possibility of Krennerite. Although studying these you might conclude they are just odd-shaped or twinned crystals.
Calaverite from Independence mine, Cripple Creek dist., Teller Co., Colorado, United States
Goldish yellow to silvery crystal plates of Calaverite from 5-8mm exposed along a quartz vein of intrusive-volcanic rock. A good rich specimen with six spots showing nice, lamellar/platy crystals of brittle Calaverite. The Indendence mine, north of Victor, is located on the southeast edge of Newmont's open pit Cripple Creek mine.
Calaverite from Mogul of Prince Albert mine, Cripple Creek, Teller Co., Colorado, United States
Excellent prismatic crystals of Calaverite with a outer layer of alteration and brassy interior. 2mm.