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Danalite is a very rare brown, yellow to pink-red colored mineral named for the American mineralogist James Dwight Dana in 1866. Danalite has a limited number of global sources, including the New England states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Delaware.

Danalite Polished
Danalite Classification
Common Name Danalite
Species Danalite
Danalite Optical Properties
Transparency Translucent-Semitranslucent
Refractive Index 1.747-1.771
Optic Character NA
Pleochroism None
Danalite Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 5.5-6
Specific Gravity 3.280-3.460
Toughness Poor
Luster Vitreous, Greasy
Fracture Uneven
Cleavage Poor, in two directions
Danalite Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name Iron Beryllium Silicate Sulfide
Chemical Formula Fe2+4Be3(SiO4)3S
Crystal System Cubic
Chemistry Classification Silicate

Danalite Colors

  • Yellow Danalite Yellow
  • White Danalite White
  • Pink Danalite Pink
  • Red Danalite Red
  • Brown Danalite Brown
  • Gray Danalite Gray

Countries of Origin

Brazil; Mexico

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.