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Shattuckite is an extremely rare cuprian mineral that is found mixed most commonly with quartz. Its name is derived from a find in the Shattuck Mine in Bisbee, Arizona. Shattuckite comes in pale to striking blue shades.

Shattuckite Rough
Shattuckite Classification
Common Name Shattuckite
Species Shattuckite
Shattuckite Optical Properties
Transparency Translucent-Semitransparent
Dispersion Strength: Moderate Fire
Refractive Index Over The Limit 1.753-1.815
Birefringence 0.062
Optic Character Biaxial
Optic Sign Negative
Polariscope Reaction Aggregate (AGG)
Fluorescence SWUV: Inert
LWUV: Inert
CCF Reaction None
Pleochroism Trichroic, sky blue, medium blue, dark blue
Shattuckite Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 3.5
Streak Pale blue
Specific Gravity 3.800-4.150
Toughness Poor
Luster Silky
Fracture Granular
Cleavage Perfect
Shattuckite Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name Copper Silicate Hydroxide
Chemical Formula Cu5(SiO3)4(OH)2
Crystal System Orthorhombic
Chemistry Classification Silicate

Shattuckite Colors

  • Blue Shattuckite Blue
  • Blue Shattuckite Blue

Countries of Origin

United States of America (the); Namibia


Shattuckite is soft so take care when handing specimens. Stones are frequently stabilized so avoid hard wear, heat, chemicals and ultrasonic cleaner.

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.