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Mimetite is a lead-arsenate mineral belonging to the apatite group. It forms a series with vanadinite and pyromorphite. For this reason, the mineral is named for the Greek word for imitator due to its resemblance to pyromorphite.

Mimetite Classification
Common Name Mimetite
Species Mimetite
Mimetite Optical Properties
Transparency Translucent-Transparent
Dispersion Strength: None
Refractive Index Over The Limit 2.128-2.147
Birefringence 0.019
Optic Character Uniaxial
Optic Sign Negative
Polariscope Reaction Aggregate (AGG), Doubly Refractive (DR)
Fluorescence SWUV: Inert to orange
LWUV: Inert to yellowish white
Mimetite Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 3.5-4
Streak White
Specific Gravity 7.240
Toughness Poor
Luster SubAdamantine, Resinous
Fracture Uneven, subconchoidal
Cleavage Poor
Mimetite Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name lead chloroarsenate
Chemical Formula Pb5(AsO4)3Cl
Crystal System Hexagonal
Chemistry Classification Phosphate

Mimetite Colors

  • Yellow Mimetite Yellow
  • Orange Mimetite Orange
  • White Mimetite White
  • Colorless Mimetite Colorless
  • Brown Mimetite Brown

Countries of Origin

Czechia; Malaysia; Kazakhstan; Thailand; Portugal; Greece; Austria; Sweden; Morocco; China; Ireland; Russian Federation (the); Poland; Algeria; Slovakia; Bulgaria; Chile; France; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the); Argentina; Iran (Islamic Republic of); Romania; United States of America (the); Hungary; Japan; Uzbekistan; Zambia; Switzerland; Bolivia (Plurinational State of); Spain; New Zealand; Canada; Belgium; Norway; Botswana; Namibia; Finland; Italy; Mexico; South Africa; Zimbabwe; Australia; Peru; Germany; Indonesia


Mimetite is fairly soft. Wash hands after handling.

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.