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Jamesonite

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Robert Jameson
Formula:
Pb4FeSb6S14
System:
Monoclinic
Colour:
Gray-black; iridescent ...
Hardness:
Name:
For mineralogist Robert Jameson (1774-1854), of Edinburgh.
Isostructural with:
Benavidesite-Jamesonite Series.

Easily confused with boulangerite with which it may be intergrown.

Classification of Jamesonite

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)
2.HB.15

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
H : Sulfosalts of SnS archetype
B : With Cu, Ag, Fe, Sn and Pb
3.6.7.1

3 : SULFOSALTS
6 : 2 < ø < 2.49
5.8.5

5 : Sulphosalts - Sulpharsenites and Sulphobismuthites (those containing Sn, Ge,or V are in Section 6)
8 : Sulpharsenites etc. of Mn, Fe, Co and Ni
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Type Occurrence of Jamesonite

Occurrences of Jamesonite

Geological Setting:
Late stage hydrothermal mineral formed at moderate to low temperature.

Physical Properties of Jamesonite

Metallic
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Opaque
Colour:
Gray-black; iridescent at times
Streak:
Gray-black
Hardness (Mohs):
Hardness (Vickers):
VHN100=66 - 86 kg/mm2
Tenacity:
Brittle
Cleavage:
Distinct/Good
{001} good; also possibly {010} amd {120}
Density:
5.63 g/cm3 (Measured)    5.76 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Crystallography of Jamesonite

Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
P21/b
Space Group Setting:
P1 21/c 1
Cell Parameters:
a = 4.030(4) Å, b = 19.125(3) Å, c = 15.750(6) Å
β = 91.68(8)°
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.211 : 1 : 0.824
Unit Cell Volume:
V 1,213.39 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
2
Morphology:
Acicular to fibrous [001] and striated parallel [001]. In felted masses of needles. Also massive, fibrous to columnar; radial or plumose at times. In subparallel aggregates of prismatic crystals, forming a columnar mass.
Twinning:
On {100}.
X-Ray Powder Diffraction:
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Radiation - Copper Kα
Data Set:
Data courtesy of RRUFF project at University of Arizona, used with permission.
X-Ray Powder Diffraction Data:
d-spacingIntensity
3.87 (40)
3.44 (100)
3.18 (50)
3.09 (50)
2.84 (90)
2.75 (80)
2.06 (50)

Optical Data of Jamesonite

Type:
Anisotropic
Anisotropism:
Strong
Colour in reflected light:
Grey-black
Pleochroism:
Visible
Comments:
Distinct.

Chemical Properties of Jamesonite

Formula:
Pb4FeSb6S14
All elements listed in formula:
Common Impurities:
Cu,Zn,Ag,Bi

Relationship of Jamesonite to other Species

Series:
Forms a series with Benavidesite (see here)
2.HB.05aAikinitePbCuBiS3
2.HB.05aFriedrichitePb5Cu5Bi7S18
2.HB.05aGladitePbCuBi5S9
2.HB.05aHammaritePb2Cu2Bi4S9
2.HB.05cJaskólskiitePb2+xCux(Sb,Bi)2-xS6 (x = 0.2)
2.HB.05aKrupkaitePbCuBi3S6
2.HB.05aLindströmitePb3Cu3Bi7S15
2.HB.05bMeneghinitePb13CuSb7S24
2.HB.05aPekoitePbCuBi11(S,Se)18
2.HB.05aEmilitePb2.7Cu2.7Bi5.3S12
2.HB.05UM2000-46-S:BiCuPbCu0.33Pb0.33Bi7.67S12
2.HB.05aSalzburgitePb1.6Cu1.6Bi6.4S12
2.HB.05UM1990-54-Se:BiCuPbCuPb(Ni,Co)0.3Bi3Se6
2.HB.05aPaaritePb1.7Cu1.7Bi6.3S12
2.HB.10cEclarite(Cu,Fe)Pb9Bi12S28
2.HB.10bGiessenitePb27Cu2(Bi,Sb)19S57
2.HB.10bIzoklakeitePb27(Cu,Fe,Ag)2(Sb,Bi)19S57
2.HB.10aKobellitePb22Cu4(Bi,Sb)30S69
2.HB.10aTintinaitePb22Cu4(Sb,Bi)30S69
2.HB.15BenavidesitePb4MnSb6S14
2.HB.20dBerryiteCu3Ag2Pb3Bi7S16
2.HB.20bBuckhorniteAuPb2BiTe2S3
2.HB.20aNagyágite[Pb3(Pb,Sb)3S6](Au,Te)3
2.HB.20eWatkinsoniteCu2PbBi4(Se,S,Te)8
2.HB.20cMuseumite[Pb2(Pb,Sb)2S8][(Te,Au)2]
2.HB.20eLitochlebiteAg2PbBi4Se8
5.8.1SamsoniteAg4MnSb2S6
5.8.2UchucchacuaiteAgMnPb3Sb5S12
5.8.3BenavidesitePb4MnSb6S14
5.8.4BerthieriteFeSb2S4
5.8.6Parajamesonite
5.8.7GaravelliteFeSbBiS4
5.8.8IzoklakeitePb27(Cu,Fe,Ag)2(Sb,Bi)19S57
5.8.9MiharaiteCu4FePbBiS6
5.8.10Sakharovaite
5.8.11ArsenohauchecorniteNi18Bi3AsS16
5.8.12TučekiteNi9Sb2S8
5.8.13BismutohauchecorniteNi9Bi2S8
5.8.14ParkeriteNi3Bi2S2
5.8.15HauchecorniteNi9BiSbS8
5.8.16TellurohauchecorniteNi9Bi(Te,Bi)S8
5.8.17LapieiteNiCuSbS3
5.8.18MückeiteNiCu(Bi,Sb)S3
5.8.19Vozhminite(Ni,Co)4(As,Sb)S2

Other Names for Jamesonite

Other Information

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

References for Jamesonite

Reference List:
Jameson (1821): 285.

Mohs (1824): 586.

Haidinger (1825): 1: 451.

Haidinger (1825): 3: 26.

Huot (1841): 1: 192.

Slavík (1914), Centralblatt für Mineralogie: 7.

Shannon (1925), American Mineralogist: 10: 197.

Berry (1940), Mineralogical Magazine: 25: 597.

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: 451-454.

Zeitschrift für Kristallographie: 109: 161-183 (1957)

Canadian Mineralogist (1987): 25: 667.

Leone P, Le Leuch L M, Palvadeau P, Molinie P, Moelo Y (2003): Single crystal structures and magnetic properties of two iron or manganese-lead-antimony sulfides: MPb4Sb6S14 (M: Fe, Mn). Solid State Sciences 5, 771-776.

Matsushita Y, Ueda Y (2003): Structure and Physical Properties of 1D Magnetic Chalcogenide, Jamesonite (FePb4Sb6S14). Inorganic Chemistry 42, 7830-7838.

Lieber, W. (2008): Warum bildet Jamesonit Ringe?. Der Aufschluss 59(4) 241-244.

Internet Links for Jamesonite

Specimens:
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Localities for Jamesonite

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