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Algodonite Mineral | Everything You Need to Know

limz Published On Tue Feb 04 2020   Modified On Tue Feb 04 2020
Algodonite Mineral | Everything You Need to Know

Algodonite is a copper arsenide mineral with a specific gravity of 8.38. These stones have opaque transparency and they have a sub-conchoidal fracture. 

It is frequently associated with domeykite and other copper arsenides. Sometimes, it can be found as a mixture of these minerals that creates Mohawkite. Algadonites are non-magnetic and non-fluorescent. 

Let us learn more about Algodonite.

Meaning

Algodonite is a gray-white metallic mineral that crystallizes in the hexagonal system. These stones are quite sensitive to heat and one should be careful while cutting. Cabochons of these stones are attractive and unusual but they will lose their luster quickly and become dull. 

Origin and History

In 1857, Algodonite was first described from the Algodones silver mine, Coquimbo, Chile. It was named "Algodonite" after its locality, Algodones silver mine.

Formation Process

Algodonite Stone.
Algodonite Stone.
Image Source: International Gem Society

Algodonite is mostly found and associated with copper arsenides, koutekite, domeykite, and silver. These stones are uncommon in hydrothermal deposits.

Formula

The chemical formula of Algodonite is Cu6As. These stones have a hardness of 4 according to the Mohs scale.

Types

Algodonite doesn't have any kind of specimen or type.

Colors Available

  • Gray
  • Silver White
  • Steel Gray

Mines Available

  • Algodones silver mine, near Coquimbo, Chile
  • Mohawk, Pewabic, Seneca, Ahmeek, and Champion mines, USA
  • Roua copper mines, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France

Cost Per Carat

The price of Algodonite can range from $5 to $100.

Uses

Algodonite Cabochons.
Algodonite Cabochons.
Image Source: International Gem Society.
  • Algodonite can be used as gemstones in jewelry.
  • They are used by scientists in crystal form for research purposes.

Facts

  • Algodonite falls on the category of sulfide mineral.
  • These stones have a metallic luster.
  • These stones were first published in 1857 and was named after discovery locality.

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