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Kolwezite

Kolwezite

Named for its type locality at the Musinoi mine in Kolwezi, Katanga, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kolwezite is a rare mineral that occurs in come oxidized copper-cobalt hydrothermal ore deposits. There are a few localities for Kolwezite, in addition to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Greece and the United States.

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

Formula
CuCoCO3(OH)2 
Crystal System
Triclinic 
Crystal Habit
Nodular, Encrustations 
Luster
Vitreous (Glassy) 
Color
beige brown, green, black 
Streak
beige 
Class
Triclinic 
Hardness
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Kolwezite from Katanga Cu Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo

Kolwezite
            from Katanga Cu Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo

Tiny, dark green spherical crystals to 0.75mm on lilac-pink Cobaltoan Calcite.

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Kolwezite from Mashamba West mine, Kolwezi dist., Katanga, Democratic Rep. of Congo

Kolwezite
            from Mashamba West mine, Kolwezi dist., Katanga, Democratic Rep. of Congo

Dark green "fuzzy" minute crystals across face with pink cobaltoan Calcite. Kolwezite is a fairly rare copper-cobalt arsenate.

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Kolwezite from Mupine mine, Kamoto, Kolwezi dist., DR Congo

Kolwezite
            from Mupine mine, Kamoto, Kolwezi dist., DR Congo

A large vug 3 x 1.5cm filled with fuzzy or velvety looking green Kolwezite. In-hand the Kolwezite is more of an olive color. Exceptional specimen for a fairly rare mineral found in basically six worldwide deposits.

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