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Safflorite

Safflorite

Formula
(Co,Fe,Ni)As2 
Crystal System
Orthorhombic 
Crystal Habit
Radial, Massive - Granular 
Cleavage
Imperfect, None, None 
Luster
Metallic 
Color
gray, dark gray, tin white 
Streak
grayish black 
Class
Orthorhombic - Dipyramidal 
Fracture
Brittle 
Hardness
4-5 
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Safflorite from Alberoda, Schlema-Hartenstein dist., Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany

Safflorite
            from Alberoda, Schlema-Hartenstein dist., Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany

An incredible specimen showing arborescent or skeletal growth patterns much like Silver. In fact, the crystals may have replaced Silver. There is a secondary growth of Pyrite and possible Skutterudite and minute Arsenopyrite.

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Safflorite from Cobalt Lode mine, Cobalt-Gowganda dist., Ontario, Canada

Safflorite
            from Cobalt Lode mine, Cobalt-Gowganda dist., Ontario, Canada

Silvery grey platy crystals in stalatitic like growths. 

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