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Named introduced in 1820 by Jöns Jakob Berzelius for a blue, Cu-bearing variety of vesuvianite from Kleppan, Sauland, Norway. Named from Latin variant of cuprum, copper, alluding to the copper content. The content of Cu was detected with a blowpipe.
A variety of Vesuvianite

A generally pale blue variety of Vesuvianite, coloured by traces of copper.

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Classification of Cyprine URL:
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First Recorded Occurrence of Cyprine

Physical Properties of Cyprine

Vitreous, Sub-Vitreous
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Transparent, Translucent
Blue, occasionally lavender, rarely green
Low copper cyprine is blue or lavender, while Increased copper substitution results in green color

Other Names for Cyprine

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Other Information

Not fluorescent in UV
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 Cyprine

Reference List:
Berzelius, J.(1820): Om blåsrörets Användande i Kemien och Mineralogien. 302pp., p. 257

Berzelius, Jöns Jakob (1821): Die Anwendung des Löthrohrs in der Chemie und Mineralogie. p. 263.

Fitzgerald, S., Rheingold, A.L., and Leavens, P.B. (1986): Crystal structure of a Cu-bearing vesuvianite. American Mineralogist: 71: 1011-1014.

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Localities for Cyprine

map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
  • Aust-Agder
    • Valle
Kjerulf, Th. (1879): Udsigt over det sydlige Norges Geologi. Christania 1879, p 249
  • Buskerud
    • Drammen
      • Konnerud
Anonymous: (1983): Jensen-skjerpene ( P4-16). DG-nytt [A local magazine for the Drammen geological society, Norway] nr 5, 1983, p.14.
  • Telemark
    • Hjartdal
      • Sauland
        • Kleppan
Neumann, H. & Svinndal, S.(1955): The Cyprin-Thulite deposit at Øvstebø, near Kleppan in Sauland, Telemark, Norway. Norsk Geologisk Tidsskrift 34,139-156
    • Tokke
Jan Andersen photo & specimen
  • Värmland
    • Filipstad
      • Nordmark district
        • Jakobsberg ore field
Kjell Gatedal
  • New Jersey
    • Sussex Co.
      • Franklin Mining District
        • Franklin
Palache(1935): 94-95; Dunn(1995): Pt3: 423-424.
  • New Mexico
    • Taos Co.
      • Glenwoody District
Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
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