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Spessartine

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Formula:
Mn32+Al2(SiO4)3
System:
Isometric
Colour:
Red, reddish orange, ...
Lustre:
Vitreous
Hardness:
6½ - 7½
Name:
Re-named in 1832 by François Sulpice Beudant after its type locality in the Spessart Mountains, Germany. Previously distinguished as a "manganesian" garnet by Henry Seybert in 1823 using mineral from Haddam, Connecticut, USA. Originally, this mineral, from Spessart Mountains, was called granatförmiges braunsteinerz in 1797 by Martin Klaproth.
Garnet Group. Almandine-Spessartine Series.

Occurs in magmatic, metamorphic, and pegmatitic rocks.

An (OH,F)-rich, tetragonal-pseudocubic spessartine is described by Boiocchi et al. (2012).

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Classification of Spessartine

Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
9.AD.25

9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
A : Nesosilicates
D : Nesosilicates without additional anions; cations in [6] and/or greater coordination
51.4.3a.3

51 : NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups Only
4 : Insular SiO4 Groups Only with cations in [6] and >[6] coordination
16.16.2

16 : Silicates Containing Aluminum and other Metals
16 : Aluminosilicates of Mn
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First Recorded Occurrence of Spessartine

Year of Discovery:
1832

Physical Properties of Spessartine

Vitreous
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Transparent, Translucent
Colour:
Red, reddish orange, yellowish brown, reddish brown, or brown
Streak:
White
Hardness (Mohs):
6½ - 7½
Fracture:
Sub-Conchoidal
Density:
4.12 - 4.32 g/cm3 (Measured)    4.19 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Crystallography of Spessartine

Crystal System:
Isometric
Class (H-M):
m3m (4/m 3 2/m) - Hexoctahedral
Space Group:
Ia3d
Cell Parameters:
a = 11.63Å
Unit Cell Volume:
V 1,573.04 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
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.

Optical Data of Spessartine

Type:
Isotropic

Chemical Properties of Spessartine

Formula:
Mn32+Al2(SiO4)3
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:
Common Impurities:
Ti,Fe,Mg,Ca,H2O,Y

Relationship of Spessartine to other Species

Series:
Forms a series with Almandine (see here)
Forms a series with Pyrope (see here)
Other Members of Group:
AlmandineFe32+Al2(SiO4)3
AndraditeCa3Fe23+(SiO4)3
BerzeliiteNaCa2(Mg,Mn2+)2(AsO4)3
BitikleiteCa3SbSn(AlO4)3
BlythiteMn32+Mn23+[SiO4]3
Calderite(Mn2+,Ca)3(Fe3+,Al)2(SiO4)3
DzhuluiteCa3SbSnFe33+O12
ElbrusiteCa3U6+ZrFe23+Fe2+O12
GoldmaniteCa3V23+(SiO4)3
GrossularCa3Al2(SiO4)3
HenritermieriteCa3(Mn3+,Al)2(SiO4)2(OH)4
HutcheoniteCa3Ti2(SiAl2)O12
IrinarassiteCa3Sn2Al2SiO12
KatoiteCa3Al2(SiO4)3-x(OH)4x
KerimasiteCa3Zr2(SiO4)(Fe3+O4)2
KhohariteMg3Fe23+(SiO4)3
KimzeyiteCa3(Zr,Ti)2((Si,Al,Fe3+)O4)3
KnorringiteMg3Cr2(SiO4)3
MajoriteMg3(Fe2+,Si,Al)2(SiO4)3
Menzerite-(Y){(Y,REE),(Ca,Fe2+)}3{(Mg,Fe2+),(Fe3+,Al)}2[SiO4]3
Momoiite(Mn2+,Ca)3V23+(SiO4)3
MorimotoiteCa3(Ti,Fe2+,Fe3+)2((Si,Fe3+)O4)3
Palenzonaite(Ca,Na)3CaMn22+(VO4)3
PyropeMg3Al2(SiO4)3
SchäferiteCa2NaMg2(VO4)3
SchorlomiteCa3(Ti,Fe3+)2((Si,Fe3+)O4)3
SkiagiteFe32+Fe23+[SiO4]3
ToturiteCa3Sn2(SiO4)(Fe3+O4)2
UsturiteCa3SbZr(Fe3+O4)3
UvaroviteCa3Cr2(SiO4)3
YafsoaniteCa3Zn3(TeO6)2
9.AD.05LarniteCa2SiO4
9.AD.10Calcio-olivineCa2SiO4
9.AD.15MerwiniteCa3Mg(SiO4)2
9.AD.20BredigiteCa7Mg(SiO4)4
9.AD.25AndraditeCa3Fe23+(SiO4)3
9.AD.25AlmandineFe32+Al2(SiO4)3
9.AD.25Calderite(Mn2+,Ca)3(Fe3+,Al)2(SiO4)3
9.AD.25GoldmaniteCa3V23+(SiO4)3
9.AD.25GrossularCa3Al2(SiO4)3
9.AD.25HenritermieriteCa3(Mn3+,Al)2(SiO4)2(OH)4
9.AD.25HibschiteCa3Al2(SiO4)3-x(OH)4x
9.AD.25HydroandraditeCa3Fe23+(SiO4)3-x(OH)4x
9.AD.25KatoiteCa3Al2(SiO4)3-x(OH)4x
9.AD.25KimzeyiteCa3(Zr,Ti)2((Si,Al,Fe3+)O4)3
9.AD.25KnorringiteMg3Cr2(SiO4)3
9.AD.25MajoriteMg3(Fe2+,Si,Al)2(SiO4)3
9.AD.25MorimotoiteCa3(Ti,Fe2+,Fe3+)2((Si,Fe3+)O4)3
9.AD.25PyropeMg3Al2(SiO4)3
9.AD.25SchorlomiteCa3(Ti,Fe3+)2((Si,Fe3+)O4)3
9.AD.25UvaroviteCa3Cr2(SiO4)3
9.AD.25Wadalite(Ca,Mg)6(Al,Fe3+)4((Si,Al)O4)3O4Cl3
9.AD.25HoltstamiteCa3(Al,Mn3+)2(SiO4)2(OH)4
9.AD.25KerimasiteCa3Zr2(SiO4)(Fe3+O4)2
9.AD.25ToturiteCa3Sn2(SiO4)(Fe3+O4)2
9.AD.25Momoiite(Mn2+,Ca)3V23+(SiO4)3
9.AD.25EltyubyuiteCa12Fe103+Si4O32Cl6
9.AD.25HutcheoniteCa3Ti2(SiAl2)O12
9.AD.30Coffinite(U4+,Th)(SiO4)1-x(OH)4x
9.AD.30HafnonHfSiO4
9.AD.30Thorite(Th,U)SiO4
9.AD.30ZirconZrSiO4
9.AD.30StetinditeCe4+SiO4
9.AD.35HuttoniteThSiO4
9.AD.35Tombarthite-(Y)Y4(Si,H4)4O12-x(OH)4+2x
9.AD.40EulytineBi4(SiO4)3
9.AD.45ReiditeZrSiO4
16.16.1KanonaiteMn3+Al(SiO4)O
16.16.3DavreuxiteMnAl6Si4O17(OH)2
16.16.4SursassiteMn22+Al3(Si2O7)(SiO4)(OH)3
16.16.5CarpholiteMn2+Al2(Si2O6)(OH)4
16.16.6KellyiteMn22+Al(AlSiO5)(OH)4
16.16.7PennantiteMn52+Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
16.16.8Akatoreite(Mn2+,Fe2+)9Al2(HSi4O13)2(OH)6
16.16.9Ganophyllite(K,Na,Ca)2Mn8(Si,Al)12(O,OH)32 · 8H2O
16.16.10Mangano-ferri-eckermannite[Na][Na2][Mn42+(Fe3+)]Si8O22(OH)2
16.16.11Masutomilite(K,Rb)(Li,Mn3+,Al)3(AlSi3O10)(F,OH)2
16.16.13HowieiteNa(Fe,Mn)10(Fe,Al)2Si12O31(OH)13
16.16.14Eggletonite(Na,K,Ca)2(Mn,Fe)8(Si,Al)12O29(OH)7 · 11H2O
16.16.15BannisteriteCa0.5(K,Na)0.5(Mn,Fe,Zn)10(Si,Al)16O38(OH)8 · 5.5H2O
16.16.16Taneyamalite(Na,Ca)(Mn,Mg,Fe)12Si12(O,OH)44
16.16.17ZussmaniteK(Fe,Mg,Mn)13(Si,Al)18O42(OH)14
16.16.18CoombsiteK(Mn,Fe,Mg)13(Si,Al)18O42(OH)14
16.16.19HenritermieriteCa3(Mn3+,Al)2(SiO4)2(OH)4
16.16.20MacfalliteCa2(Mn3+,Al)3(Si2O7)(SiO4)(OH)3
16.16.21Ottrélite(Mn2+,Fe2+,Mg)Al2(SiO4)O(OH)2
16.16.22Piemontite{Ca2}{Al2Mn3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
16.16.23OkhotskiteCa2(Mn2+,Mg)(Mn3+,Al,Fe3+)2(Si2O7)(SiO4)(OH)2 · H2O
16.16.24Pumpellyite-(Mn2+)Ca2(Mn2+,Mg)(Al,Mn3+,Fe3+)2(Si2O7)(SiO4)(OH)2 · H2O
16.16.25Piemontite-(Sr){CaSr}{Al2Mn3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)

Other Names for Spessartine

Name in Other Languages:

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 Spessartine

Reference List:
American Mineralogist (1971): 56: 791.

Rossman, G.R., Rauch, F., Livi, R., Tombrello, T.A., Shi, C.R., and Zhoi, Z.Y. (1988) Nuclear reaction analysis of hydrogen in almandine, pyrope and spessartine garnets. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie Monatshefte: 4: 172-178.

American Mineralogist (1990): 75: 314-318.

Boiocchi, M., Bellatreccia, F., Della Ventura, G., Oberti, R. (2012): On the symmetry and atomic ordering in (OH,F)-rich spessartine: towards a new hydrogarnet end-member. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, 227, 385-395.

Internet Links for Spessartine

Specimens:
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Localities for Spessartine

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