Mineralpedia Details for Carminite
Named for the typical deep red color that is also known as carmine. Carminite is an uncommon mineral that is found as an alteration product or arsenopyrite in oxidized lead-bearing mineral deposits. Localities for Carminite include in Germany, England, France, the USA, Mexico, Australia, Namibia, among several others. Minerals associated with Carminite include beudantite, scorodite, dussertite, arsenosiderite, bayldonite, mimetite, cerussite, anglesite, plumbojarosite, and wulfenite.
Ref. Handbook of Mineralogy, Anthony et al (1995) and MSA at http://www.handbookofmineralogy.org/pdfs/carminite.pdf
- Crystal System
- Crystal Habit
- Lath, Acicular
- Distinct, None, None
- Vitreous - Pearly
- carmine red, reddish brown
- reddish yellow
- Orthorhombic - Dipyramidal
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Carminite from Kintore Opencut, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Beautiful micro red, less than 0.5mm, spherulites of Carminite in spongy limonitic matrix.
CARMINITE from San Rafael mine, Nye Co., Nevada, United States
- Special Info
- EDS Confirmed
Tiny red acicular crystals lining vugs in 1cm matrix with mustard yellow Segnitite.
Carminite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
An excellent, rich specimen with beautiful sprays of Carminite throughout the matrix of Beudantite. The Carminite sprays measure about 3mm. The digital camera brought out the red in the Carminite, but they are actually a better, a more translucent deeper red.
Carminite from Penberthy Croft mine, St. Hilary, Cornwall, England
The specimen has a detailed long number but does not tie it to any label. The Carminite is deep red and very micro as well as the yellowish Beaverite. It does have a Barstow label.
Carminite from Mapimi dist., Durango, Mexico
Deep carmine red Carminite crystals to about 0.75mm in aggregates acoss the face and covered with long tapering scalenohedral crystals of water clear Calcite.