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Stichtite
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Stichtite

Chemistry:  Mg6Cr2(OH)16(CO3)4(H2O)

Discovered in 1910;   IMA status: Valid (pre-IMA; Grandfathered).
Named after Robert Stich, General Manager of the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company, Dundas, Tasmania.

 

Classification

   

   

Mineral Classification:

Carbonates

Strunz 8th Ed. ID:

5/E.03-20

 

5 : Nitrates, Carbonates & Borates
E : Water-bearing carbonates with unfamiliar anions
03 : Hydrotalcite group

 

 

Crystal Data

   

   

Crystallography:

Trigonal - Hexagonal Scalenohedral

Crystal Habit:

As aggregates of fibers or plates, commonly matted, contorted; as cross-fiber veinlets and micaceous scales.

 

 

Physical Properties

   

 

Cleavage:

[0001] Perfect

Fracture:

Uneven

Tenacity:

Laminae flexible, not elastic; greasy feel

Moh's Hardness:

1.5 - 2.0

Density:

2.16 - 2.20 (g/cm3)

Radioactivity:

Not Radioactive

 

 

Optical Properties

   

   

Color:

Lilac to Rose pink

Transparency:

Opaque

Luster:

Pearly, Waxy, Resinous, (greasy feel)

Refractive Index:

1.516 - 1.542  Uniaxial ( + )

Birefringence:

0.0260

Dispersion:

n/a

Pleochroism:

Weak; O = dark rose-pink to lilac; E = light rose-pink to lilac

 

 

Occurances

   

   

Geological Setting:

An alteration product of chromite in serpentinite.

Type Locality:

Stichtite Hill, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, Tasmania, Australia

Year Discovered:

1910

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Stichtite Mineral Photos and Locations

 

 

More Information

   

   

 

Mindat.org
Webmineral.com

 

 


Stichtite is a beautiful cabochon type gem. Massive material is occassionally cut as cabochons but more often carved and polished as decorative items such as bookends, etc. The color is usually lilac to pink or even purple and sometimes veined with green serpentine or other contrasting minerals. This color combination is very attractive. Main sources are Black Lake, Quebec, Canada; Dundas, Tasmania, Australia; Urals Region, Russia; Limpopo and
Mpumalanga Provinces, South Africa.
 

  
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