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Catapleiite | Everything You Need to Know About This Mineral

limz Published On Sat Mar 14 2020   Modified On Sat Mar 14 2020
Catapleiite | Everything You Need to Know About This Mineral

Catapleiite is dimorphous with the mineral Gaidonnayite that exhibits a monoclinic crystal system. Gaidonnayite and Catapleiite have the same chemistry but different structures. It is a rare mineral with a specific gravity of 2.65 - 2.9. 

Catapleiite is a symbol of honor, loyalty, remembrance, hope, sunshine, clarity, truth, wisdom, confidence, faith, stability, and trust.

Let us learn more about Catapleiite.

Meaning

Catapleiite is an extremely rare Zirconium mineral that is composed of hydrous silicate of sodium, calcium, and zirconium. It is quite famous among mineral collectors because of its rarity, beauty, class locality, and unusual chemistry. 

These minerals are mostly found in association with other minerals like - zircon, leucophanite, rinkite, eudialyte, epididymite, lavenite, astrophyllite, sodalite, natrolite, analcime, and aegirine.

Origin and History

Catapleiite Mineral Specimen.
Catapleiite Mineral Specimen.
Image Source: Minfind

Catapleiite was first described for an occurrence in Låven (Skådön; Lamö; Lamanskjaer), Langesundsfjorden, Larvik, Vestfold, Norway. The name "Catapleiite" was derived from the Greek word "Kata" and "Pleion" which means "With" and "More" respectively. This name was given for its relation with many other rare minerals.

Formation Process

Most of the Catapleiite occurs as a thin tabular yellow or yellowish-brown crystals. It commonly occurs in pegmatite after the alteration of eudialyte and in syenites and nepheline syenites. 

Formula

The chemical formula of Catapleiite is Na2Zr(Si3O9) · 2H2O. It has a hardness of 5.5-6 according to the Mohs scale.

Types

Catapleiite has no type of its own.

Colors Available

  • Dark Brown
  • Reddish Brown
  • Flesh Red
  • Yellowish Red
  • Colorless
  • Light Gray
  • Beige to Tan
  • Light Yellow
  • Orange
  • Light Blue

Mines Available

  • Kirovsky Mine, Murmansk Oblast, Russia
  • Umba Mine, Murmansk Oblast, Russia
  • Monastery Mine, Free State, South Africa
  • Magnet Cove, Arkansas, USA

Cost Per Carat

The price of Catapleiite can vary from $10 to $50 according to its quality.

Uses

Catapleiite Crystal.
Catapleiite Crystal.
Image Source: Collection Arkane

Catapleiite is only used as a mineral specimen.

Facts

  • As Catapleiite is low on silicon, it contains little or no Quartz at all.
  • Fine specimens of these minerals can be found in Mount Saint Hilaire, Quebec, Canada.
  • It has a vitreous to dull luster and a brittle tenacity.
  • Its fracture is irregular or uneven and has a white to pale yellow streak.

Jewelry Stores Near You

  • Tiffany & Co., New York, USA
  • Gifts From The Earth, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Little Gems Rock & Crystal Shop, Cromer, England

Online Stores

  • Dakota Matrix, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
  • JM Import, Santigo, Chile

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