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Sphalerite mineral - You can buy these samples

Sphalerite (zinc blende) is a relatively common mineral. As a rule, it contains significant iron impurities, which affect the properties of sphalerite. It has several varieties, including translucent.

You can see sphalerite stone for sale and buy it in the Minerals of Russia online store.

Physical properties of Sphalerite

Category Sulfide mineral
(repeating unit)
IMA symbol Sp
Strunz classification 2.CB.05a
Dana classification
Crystal system Cubic
Crystal class Hextetrahedral (43m)
H-M symbol: (4 3m)
Space group F43m (No. 216)
Unit cell a = 5.406 Å; Z = 4
Jmol (3D) Interactive image
Color Light to dark brown, red-brown, yellow, red, green, light blue, black and colourless.
Crystal habit Euhedral crystals – occurs as well-formed crystals showing good external form. Granular – generally occurs as anhedral to subhedral crystals in matrix.
Twinning Simple contact twins or complex lamellar forms, twin axis 
Cleavage perfect dodecahedral on 
Fracture Uneven to conchoidal
Mohs scale hardness 3.5–4
Luster Adamantine, resinous, greasy
Streak brownish white, pale yellow
Diaphaneity Transparent to translucent, opaque when iron-rich
Specific gravity 3.9–4.2
Optical properties Isotropic
Refractive index nα = 2.369
Other characteristics non-radioactive, non-magnetic, fluorescent and triboluminescent.

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