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Aikinite

Aikinite

Named after Arthur Aikin, an English chemist, mineralogist, and founder and Secretary of the Geological Society of London, England. Aikinite is an uncommon mineral that is found in hydrothermal veins in localities in Russia, Slovakia, France, the United States, Mexico, and many others. Minerals associated with Aikinite include gold, pyrite, galena, tennantite, bismuthinite, enargite, chalcopyrite, and quartz.

Ref. Handbook of Mineralogy, Anthony et al (1995) and MSA at http://www.handbookofmineralogy.org/pdfs/aikinite.pdf

Formula
CuPbBiS3 
Crystal System
Orthorhombic 
Crystal Habit
Acicular, Massive 
Cleavage
Indistinct, None, None 
Luster
Metallic 
Color
lead gray, grayish black, reddish brown 
Streak
grayish black 
Class
Orthorhombic - Dipyramidal 
Hardness
2-2.5 
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Aikinite from Berezovskoe Au dep., Berezovskii, Sverdlovskaya Oblast', Urals, Russia

Aikinite
            from Berezovskoe Au dep., Berezovskii, Sverdlovskaya Oblast', Urals, Russia
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Slender, needle-like grey Aikinite crystals to 1cm in milky Quartz associated with 1mm Gold. Note old (copy) label in prov. tab.

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