Brucite, Hydromagnesite, Pyroaurite, Chrysotile, Aragonite,
Calcite, Dolomite, Magnesite.
is a fairly rare carbonate mineral that is extremely
rare as a faceted gem. This is due to the fact that
Artinite typically forms as crusts of acicular to fibrous
aggregates often formed into tight perfectly spherical
balls. It is almost always associated with ultra-basic
igneous and metamorphic rocks such as serpentine. Artinite
mineral specimens can be very attractive with snow
white fibrous balls sitting on a jade green serpentine
is found in numerous locations worldwide. Well-studied
or good specimen material, from: Italy, in Lombardy,
from the Franscia asbestos mine, at Torre Santa Maria
and Rocca Castellaccio, Val Lanterna, all in Val Malenco;
at Emarese and Cogne, Val d’Aosta, Piedmont; from Viu,
near Fubina, Val di Lanzo; and on Mont Ramazzo, north
of Borzoli, Liguria. From Kraubath, Styria, Austria.
Near Javornica, Bulgaria. In the USA, in California,
from northwest of Coalinga, Fresno County and into San
Benito County, as fine examples at the Clear Creek mine,
west of San Benito Mountain, and elsewhere in the New
Idria district; at the Gabbs mine, Gabbs district, Nye
County, Nevada; from Spring Street, Staten Island, New
York; at Signal Hill, Hoboken, Hudson County, New Jersey;
in the Belvidere Mountain quarry, Orleans County, Vermont.
In Japan, from Nakauri, Aichi Prefecture, at Hirotani,
Fukuoka Prefecture, and along the Utonai River, Hokkaido.
From the Ijim massif, Sayan Mountains, Siberia, Russia.