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Ferberite is an iron-rich mineral commonly seen as a black to dark gray prism-shape specimens with metallic luster. At times it can exhibit weak magnetism and should not be confused with hematite.

Ferberite Polished
Ferberite Classification
Common Name Ferberite
Species Ferberite
Ferberite Optical Properties
Transparency Semitranslucent - Opaque
Refractive Index Over The Limit 2.255-2.414
Birefringence 0.159
Optic Character Biaxial
Optic Sign Positive
Polariscope Reaction Doubly Refractive (DR)
Pleochroism None
Ferberite Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 4-4.5
Streak Brownish Black To Black
Specific Gravity 7.500-7.600 Typical:7.580
Toughness Poor
Luster Adamantine, Metallic
Fracture Uneven
Cleavage Perfect, in one direction
Ferberite Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name iron tungstate
Chemical Formula FeWO4
Crystal System Monoclinic
Chemistry Classification Oxide

Ferberite Colors

  • Brown Ferberite Brown
  • Black Ferberite Black

Countries of Origin


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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.