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Elyite

Elyite

Named for John Ely, a promoter of an early mining company from Nevada, USA and frontiersman. Elyite is an uncommon mineral that forms in oxidized portions of base metal sulfides as well as in dumps and slags. It can be found in localities in the United States, Germany, Japan, Namibia, England, Scotland, Wales, and others. Minerals associated with Elyite include galena, langite, serpierite, cerussite, anglesite, lithargite, and minium.

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

Formula
CuPb4O2SO4(OH)4┬ĚH2
Crystal System
Monoclinic 
Crystal Habit
Granular 
Cleavage
Good, None, None 
Luster
Silky 
Color
violet, lavender 
Streak
white 
Class
Monoclinic - Prismatic 
Fracture
Sectile 
Hardness
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Elyite from Silverhütte mine, Altenau, Harz Mountains, Saxony, Germany

Elyite
            from Silverhütte mine, Altenau, Harz Mountains, Saxony, Germany

Beautiful fibrous looking purple micro crystals to about 0.4mm.

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Elyite from Lautenthal, Harz Mts, Lower Saxony, Germany

Elyite
            from Lautenthal, Harz Mts, Lower Saxony, Germany

Light-purple micro-bladed Elyite crystals filling a small 4x1mm vug in highly magnetic slag matrix.

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Elyite from Le Crozet, La Pacaudière, Loire, Rhône-Alpes, France

Elyite
            from Le Crozet, La Pacaudière, Loire, Rhône-Alpes, France

Elyite is perhaps one of the most gorgeous minerals Mother Nature has created. Well, actually, with the help of man. This specimen is obviously a slag piece with vesicles filled with purple sprays.

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