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Colour:Blue, occasionally ...
Name:Named in 1821 by Jöns Jakob Berzelius from Latin variant of cuprum alluding to the copper content.
A variety of Vesuvianite

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

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Classification of Cyprine

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Physical Properties of Cyprine

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

Other Names for Cyprine

Cupreous Idocrase
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Other Information

Fluorescence in UV light:Not fluorescent in UV
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 Cyprine

Reference List:

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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

    The 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. ? 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 (Nordmarksberg)
    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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