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Mineralpedia Details for Parisite-(Ce)

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Parisite-(Ce)

Parisite-(Ce)

Named in honor of J.J. Paris, a former Manager of the emerald mine at Muzo in Columbia and for its Cerium content. Parisite is an uncommon mineral found in many minor localities and more prominent localities in Columbia, the United States, Canada, Norway, France, Italy, Wales, Russia, Malawi, Madagascar, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Japan, China, and Vietnam. Parisite forms as an accessory mineral in alkalic massif, granite pegmatites, and rare-earth rich carbonatites.  Parisite can produce a dark red cathodoluminescence.

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

Formula
CaCe2(CO3)3F2 
Crystal System
Trigonal 
Crystal Habit
Acicular, Striated, Prismatic 
Cleavage
Distinct, None, None 
Luster
Vitreous - Greasy 
Color
brown, brownish yellow, grayish yellow, yellow 
Streak
white 
Class
Trigonal - Pyramidal 
Fracture
Brittle 
Hardness
4.5 
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Parisite-(Ce) from Snowbird mine, Lola Pass, Mineral Co., Montana, United States

Parisite-(Ce)
            from Snowbird mine, Lola Pass, Mineral Co., Montana, United States

Conical shaped dark red crystal to 2.1cm. The Snowbird mine is a carbonate rich pegmatite and one of the few Parisite localities in the USA. A locality article was written by R. Lasmanis in 1977 in the MR 8-2.

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Parisite-(Ce) from Trimouns Talc mine, Luzenac, Ariège, Midi-Pyrénées, France

Parisite-(Ce)
            from Trimouns Talc mine, Luzenac, Ariège,  Midi-Pyrénées, France

Orange mal-formed but typical crystal for this species. This one is translucent and almost gemmy to 9mm.

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