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Brown to yellow; ...
After J.J. Paris, proprietor of the emerald mine at Muzo, Columbia, where the species was discovered.
A calcium rare-earth carbonate with fluorine. "Parisite" is used for specimens with unspecified REE dominance.

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Physical Properties of Parisite

Vitreous, Resinous, Pearly
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Transparent, Translucent
Brown to yellow; colourless to yellow in transmitted light
Light yellow
On {0001} may be a cleavage.
Splintery, Sub-Conchoidal
4.33 - 4.39 g/cm3 (Measured)    4.38 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Crystallography of Parisite

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
6 m2 - Ditrigonal Dipyramidal
Normally acute double hexagonal pyramids. Prismatic in appearance at times due to oscillatory combination of steep pyramids. True prism faces lacking or very small. Elongated crystals may have a septre-like terminations. Lateral faces commonly striated or deeply grooved. {0001} very commonly present as small faces, large at times.

Optical Data of Parisite

Uniaxial (+)
O = Light yellow
E = Golden yellow

Other Names for Parisite

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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 Parisite

Reference List:
Medici-Spada (1835) (as Musite).

Medici-Spada in Bunsen (1845) Annalen der Chemie, Leipzig (Justus Liebig’s): 53: 147.

Goldschmidt, V. (1920) Atlas der Krystallformen. 9 volumes, atlas, and text: vol. 6: 120.

Oftedal (1931) Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leipzig: 79: 437.

Ungemach (1935) Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leipzig: 91: 1.

Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: Halides, Nitrates, Borates, Carbonates, Sulfates, Phosphates, Arsenates, Tungstates, Molybdates, Etc. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 282-285.

Internet Links for Parisite

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Localities for Parisite

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