Mineralpedia Details for Wulfenite
Franz Xavier Wulfen, mineralogist and author of a monograph on lead ores of Bleiberg, Austria, has the honor of having Wulfenite named after him. A common secondary mineral in hydrothermal systems with over 1,000 localities worldwide, Wulfenite occurs in the oxidized zones of lead deposits where molybdenum is commonly externally introduced. Individual Wulfenite crystals can be piezoelectric, meaning they can gain a charge in response to pressure. Yellow fluorescence in long-wave ultraviolet light has been observed in Wulfenites from a few localities.
Ref. Handbook of Mineralogy, Anthony et al (1995) and MSA at http://www.handbookofmineralogy.org/pdfs/wulfenite.pdf
- Crystal System
- Crystal Habit
- Tabular, Pyramidal
- Imperfect, None, None
- Resinous - Greasy
- orange yellow, waxy yellow, yellowish gray, olive green, brown
- yellowish white
- Tetragonal - Dipyramidal
- Brittle - Conchoidal
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Wulfenite from Mystery Tunnel to Silver Bill mine, Cochise Co., Arizona, United States
Wulfenite from Lead mine, Ping Wu, Mei Yang, Schuang Province, China
Wulfenite from James R. Lee mine, Broadwaters Co., Montana, United States
Wulfenite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
Steep pryamidal yellowish tan, sharp crystals to 8mm and light yellow, thin tabular crystals to 3mm.
An amber brown large well formed, complete crystal. From the 3rd oxidation zone. Ex. Gebhard, excellent specimen.
Wulfenite from Melissa Mine, Trigo Mtns., Yuma Co., Arizona, United States
Bright orange tabular crystals to 5mm with dipyrimidal terminations.
Dipyramidal crystals to 2-3mm
Wulfenite from Finch mine, Gila Co., Arizona, United States
Wulfenite crystals to 6mm frosted over with drusy Quartz.
Wulfenite from Ahumada mine, Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico
Large elongated dipyrimadal, dark orange crystal to 1.2cm and thick tabular crystals to 2cm.
Wulfenite from Bleiberg, Carinthia, Austria
Wulfenite from Red Cloud mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, United States
5 to 9mm orange tabular crystals.
Wulfenite from Gonzalito mine, Rio Negro Province, Argentina
Dark orange dipyrimidal crystals mostly to about 2mm.
Wulfenite from San Rafael mine, Nye Co., Nevada, United States
Blue well-formed, tabular Wulfenite crystals to about 0.75mm within vugs of Arsenopyrite, which is coating decayed Galena. These have been confrmed by XRD and the blue coloration has been shown to be due to about 3.7% copper. This specimen came out of the Jungles collection and it is not known where in the mine it was found.
Wulfenite from Albuñuelas, Granada, Andalusia, Spain
Wulfenite from Chapacase Mine, Tocopilla, Chile
Wulfenite from Rožná dep., Vysočina, Moravia, Czech Republic
Bright orange, tabular crystals of Wulfenite to 3mm, most are 1-2mm, with fiery orange, acicular sprays of Mimetite to 1mm.
Thin bladed bright orange Wulfenite crystals to 6mm associated and with yellow, acicular Mimetite crystals.
Wulfenite from Hardscrabble mine, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, United States
Orange, dipyramidal crystals, up to 5mm.
Wulfenite from El Refugio Mine, Galena, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, United States
Yellow-orange, prismatic, tabular Wulfenite crystals. Up to 3mm.
Wulfenite from Whim Creek, Pilbara Region, Western Australia, Australia
Glassy yellow, dipyramidal crystals to 1.5mm.
Wulfenite from 79 mine, Gila Co., Arizona, United States
Orange 1mm thin tabular crystal.
Last three photos are 2-5mm crystals with Chrysocolla.
Wulfenite from Shinkolobwe, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo
Deep orange micro, dipyrimidal crystals of Wulfenite scattered on Torbernite matrix.
Wulfenite from La Plaka, Laurium, Greece
- Special Info
- Phillips Collection
Orange tabular crystals from 1 to 4mm.
Wulfenite from Touissit dist., Oujda-Angad prov., Oriental, Morocco
Thin yellow Wulfenite crystals to 6mm perched on matrix, associated with Dolomite.
Wulfenite from Mežica mine, near Mežica, Slovenia
Orange tabular pyramidal crystals to 7mm.
Wulfenite from Adelia mine, Inca de Oro, Atacama, Chile
A flashy specimen of orange 1mm Wulfenite crystals with orange balls of Mimetite on Chrysocolla.
Wulfenite from Maoniuping mine, Mianning Co., Liangshan, Sichuan prov., China
Yellow-orange tabular crystals to 4mm.
Wulfenite from Rowley mine, Maricopa Co., Arizona, United States
Bright orange tabular Wulfenite crystals to 3mm with yellow-orange fiery Mimetite all on Baryte.
Wulfenite from La Poderosa mine, Sierra Gorda, Antofagasta, Chile
Orange tabular crystals of Wulfenite to 1mm.
Wulfenite from Pure Potential mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, United States
Deep, bright orange tabular crystals to 7mm.
Wulfenite from Ivigtut Cryolite deposit, Ivigtut, Arsuk Fjord, Sermersooq, Greenland
A 0.25mm micro crystal of Wulfenite on the matrix.
Wulfenite from Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico
Orange carmel colored thick tabular crystals of Wulfenite from 3-8mm. Good luster, showy. Los Lamentos Wulfenite is one of the better and more coveted localities, which are forever disappearing from the market.
Burnt orange square prismatic crystals to 2-3mm. It's an older piece from the old days.
Wulfenite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Elongated dipyramidal crystals to 1.3cm. This is a large specimen full of good crystals, which are color zoned.
Wulfenite from Padre Kino mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, United States
Several 3-4mm dipyramidal crystals of Wulfenite.
Wulfenite from Toughnut mine, Tombstone, Cochise Co., Arizona, United States
Bright, lustrous discoidal Wulfenite crystals to 6mm.
Wulfenite from Rebel mine., Star Range, Beaver Co., Utah, United States
Bright orange crusts and tiny, 1mm and less, crystals.
Wulfenite from Glove mine, Santa Cruz Co., Arizona, United States
Orange tabular crystals of Wulfenite to 1mm with neat outer color zoning.