was named for J.J. Paris, former manager of the Muzo emerald mine, Muzo, Columbia. Parisite
is one of a
few rare earth carbonate minerals that also includes Bastnäsite and Burbankite.
Parisite contains cerium and lanthanum in its chemical formula. Parisite is a very rare gem and usually very small due to lack
of large, clean crystals.
Many localities, most minor. Fine crystals from the
Muzo district, Boyacá Province, Colombia. In the USA,
in Montana, very large crystals at the Snowbird deposit
and the nearby Cedar Log prospect, Mineral County, and
from Pyrites, 13 km east of Florence, Ravalli County;
at Quincy, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts. From Mont Saint-Hilaire,
Quebec, Canada. At Holmestrand, Vestfold, Norway. In
the Trimouns talc deposit, six km northeast of Luzenac,
Ari`ege, France. From Monterfano, Lombardy, Italy. Around
Gallt y Wenallt, Gwynedd, Wales. In the Khibiny massif,
Kola Peninsula, Russia. On Mt. Malosa, Zomba district,
Malawi. At Ifasina, Torendrika, Madagascar. In the Lueshe
carbonatite, 150 km north of Goma, Kivu Province, Congo
(Zaire). At the Shirashi pegmatite, Kobe, Kyoto Prefecture,
Japan. In the Bayan Obo Fe–Nb–RE deposit, 130 km north
of Baotou, Inner Mongolia, China. At Nam Nam Xe, Vietnam.