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Renierite

#PD33750

Renierite

#PD33750
Availability
Sold
Size
1.5 x 3 x 1 cm - Thumbnail 
Formula
(Cu1+,Zn)11Fe4(Ge4+,As5+)2S16 (RRUFF)
Locality
Kipushi mine, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo
Tagged
sulfide

Massive sulfide matrix with purplish-tarnished Renierite, blueish-tarnished Covellite, dark colored Sphalerite, and minor Chalcopyrite.

It is always a bit tough to ID these massive sulfides with 100% certainty by looking at the color of the tarnish, but nearly every piece of Renierite I've seen from Kipushi had the same purplish tint and associations.

 

Type Locality

Renierite

Formula
(Cu1+,Zn)11Fe4(Ge4+,As5+)2S16 
Crystal System
Tetragonal 
Crystal Habit
Massive - Granular, Disseminated, Twinning Common 
Cleavage
None, None, None 
Luster
Metallic 
Color
bronze yellow, pinkish brown 
Streak
blackish gray 
Class
Tetragonal - Scalenohedral 
Fracture
Uneven 
Hardness
4-5 

Data courtesy of Webmineral.

Collection
Phillips Collection
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