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Formula:
(Au, Ag)
Lustre:Metallic
Name:From the Greek ήλεκτρου for "amber," in allusion to its colour.
A variety of Gold

Gold-Silver Series.
A variety of gold containing silver, usually with >20 wt.% of silver.

Classification of Electrum

Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:1.AA.05

1 : ELEMENTS (Metals and intermetallic alloys; metalloids and nonmetals; carbides, silicides, nitrides, phosphides)
A : Metals and Intermetallic Alloys
A : Copper-cupalite family
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Physical Properties of Electrum

Lustre:Metallic

Chemical Properties of Electrum

Formula:
(Au, Ag)
Essential elements:Au
All elements listed in formula:Ag, Au

Relationship of Electrum to other Species

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

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1.AA.05Aluminium
Al
1.AA.05Copper
Cu
1.AA.05Gold
Au
1.AA.05Lead
Pb
1.AA.05Nickel
Ni
1.AA.05Silver
Ag
1.AA.05UM2004-08-E:AuCuPd
(Cu,Pd,Au)
1.AA.05UM1991-06-E:AuCu
Au
 
3
Cu
1.AA.10aAuricupride
Cu
 
3
Au
1.AA.10bTetra-auricupride
AuCu
1.AA.10aCuproauride
Cu
 
3
Au
1.AA.15Anyuiite
Au(Pb,Sb)
 
2
1.AA.15Khatyrkite
(Cu,Zn)Al
 
2
1.AA.15Iodine
I
 
2
1.AA.15Novodneprite
AuPb
 
3
1.AA.15UM1985-02-E:AlZn
ZnAl
 
2
1.AA.20Cupalite
(Cu,Zn)Al
1.AA.25Hunchunite
Au
 
2
Pb

Other Names for Electrum

Synonyms:
Argentian GoldArgentiferous GoldChrysargyriteGold ArgentideOroche
Other Languages:
German:Chrysargyrit
Elektrum
Japanese:エレクトラム
Simplified Chinese:银金矿
Spanish:Chrysargyrita
Varieties:
ArgentocuproauriteArgentocuproaurite-IArgentocuproaurite-II

Other Information

Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Electrum

Reference List:

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Pliny (77A.D.) 33: 23.

Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1944), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Volume I: Elements, Sulfides, Sulfosalts, Oxides. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York. 7th edition, revised and enlarged, 834pp.: 89-91.

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