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Bornite Mineral | A-Z About This Mineral

limz Published On Fri Feb 28 2020   Modified On Fri Feb 28 2020
Bornite Mineral | A-Z About This Mineral

Bornite is a copper iron sulfide mineral that is known throughout the world for its iridescent tarnish. This stone crystallizes in the orthorhombic system (pseudo-cubic) and is typically found as a massive metallic material. 

Bornite is a common mineral that symbolizes nobility, ambition, creativity, wisdom, luxury, wholesomeness, reliability, elegance, warmth, stability, and honesty. 

Let us learn more about Bornite.


Bornite is a brittle reddish-brown crystalline mineral that is commonly known as "Peacock Ore" or "Peacock Copper". These stones are believed to balance and open up all the 7 chakras. It will help you to resolve emotional issues, promote mental stability, encourage motivation and confidence, make the clear and right judgment, increase your energy level, and promote spiritual growth.

Origin and History

Bornite Crystal.
Bornite Crystal.
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In 1725, Bornite was first described for an occurrence in the Krušné Horny Mountains (Erzgebirge), Karlovy Vary Region, Czech Republic. But only in 1845, it was named as "Bornite" in the honor of Ignaz von Born, a mineralogist, and metallurgist, by Wilhelm Karl von Haidinger, an Austrian mineralogist. Before this name was announced officially, there were many names of it - purple copper ore, variegated copper ore, buntkupfererz, and phillipsite.

Formation Process

Along with Chalcopyrite, Bornite mostly occurs porphyry copper deposits. It can be found as disseminations in mafic igneous rocks. It can also be found in pegmatites, sedimentary cupriferous shales, and contact metamorphic skarn deposits.


The chemical formula of Bornite is Cu5FeS4. It has a hardness of 3 according to the Mohs scale and has a metallic luster.


  • Argentiferous Bornite
  • Half-Bornite
  • Quatr-Bornite

Colors Available

Bornite Gemstone.
Bornite Gemstone.
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  • Copper Red
  • Bronze Brown
  • Purple

Mines Available

  • Carn Brea Mine, Pool, Carn Brea, Cornwall, England, UK
  • Bethlehem Copper mine, British Columbia, Canada
  • Darrington Bornite Mine, Darrington, Washington, USA

Cost Per Carat

The price of Bornite can vary from $10 to $80 according to its color and quality.


  • Bornite is mainly used as a major ore of copper.
  • It is also used as a mineral specimen.

Spiritual Properties

  • Bornite is an excellent stone that helps to release negativity from the body, stimulate creativity, promote joy and passion, clarify the mind, and heighten confidence.
  • It can aid any kind of ailments, regulate the flow of adrenaline, strengthen the immune system, overcome addiction, and tune the endocrine system.
  • It also helps to relieve stress and strain, dispel rage, balance mood swings, and promote spiritual peace, enhance psychic abilities, and encourage love.


Beautiful Bornite Pendant.
Beautiful Bornite Pendant.
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  • Bornite is a common mineral that has a weak but noticeable pleochroism.
  • The fracture of this mineral is irregular or uneven.
  • Its cleavage is poor on [111] and it has a brittle tenacity.
  • It has a grayish-black streak and it is magnetic after heating.
  • The copper content of Bornite is about 63% by weight.

Jewelry Stores Near You

  • Canadian Jewelry Exchange, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
  • Hannoush Jewelers, New York, USA
  • Beaverbrooks, York, England

Online Stores

  • Designs By Nature Gems
  • Poshmark

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