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Jamesonite

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Robert Jameson
Formula:
Pb4FeSb6S14
System:
Monoclinic
Colour:
Gray-black; iridescent ...
Lustre:
Metallic
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. As in boulangerite and, e.g., robinsonite and zinkenite, the structure contains interconnected SbS3 groups.


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

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} and {120}
Density:
5.63 g/cm3 (Measured)    5.76 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of Jamesonite

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

Chemical Properties of Jamesonite

Formula:
Pb4FeSb6S14

May contain minor Bi.
Elements listed in formula:
Common Impurities:
Cu,Zn,Ag,Bi

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)

Occurrences of Jamesonite

Type Occurrence of Jamesonite

Relationship of Jamesonite to other Species

Series:
Forms a series with Benavidesite (see here)
2.HB.05aAikiniteCuPbBiS3
2.HB.05aFriedrichiteCu5Pb5Bi7S18
2.HB.05aGladiteCuPbBi5S9
2.HB.05aHammariteCu2Pb2Bi4S9
2.HB.05cJaskólskiiteCuxPb2+x(Sb,Bi)2-xS5 (x~0.2)
2.HB.05aKrupkaitePbCuBi3S6
2.HB.05aLindströmitePb3Cu3Bi7S15
2.HB.05bMeneghinitePb13CuSb7S24
2.HB.05aPekoiteCuPbBi11S18
2.HB.05aEmiliteCu10.7Pb10.7Bi21.3S48
2.HB.05UM2000-46-S:BiCuPbCu0.33Pb0.33Bi7.67S12
2.HB.05aSalzburgiteCu1.6Pb1.6Bi6.4S12
2.HB.05UM1990-54-Se:BiCuPbCuPb(Ni,Co)0.3Bi3Se6
2.HB.05aPaariteCu1.7Pb1.7Bi6.3S12
2.HB.10cEclarite(Cu,Fe)Pb9Bi12S28
2.HB.10bGiessenite(Cu,Fe)2Pb26.4(Bi,Sb)19.6S57
2.HB.10bIzoklakeitePb26.4(Cu,Fe)2(Sb,Bi)19.6S57
2.HB.10aKobellitePb11(Cu,Fe)2(Bi,Sb)15S35
2.HB.10aTintinaitePb10Cu2Sb16S35
2.HB.15BenavidesitePb4MnSb6S14
2.HB.20dBerryiteCu3Ag2Pb3Bi7S16
2.HB.20bBuckhornite(Pb2BiS3)(AuTe2)
2.HB.20aNagyágite[Pb(Pb,Sb)S2][(Au,Te)]
2.HB.20eWatkinsonitePbCu2Bi4Se8
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
5.8.8IzoklakeitePb26.4(Cu,Fe)2(Sb,Bi)19.6S57
5.8.9MiharaitePbCu4FeBiS6
5.8.10Sakharovaite(Pb,Bi)4FeSb6S14
5.8.11ArsenohauchecorniteNi18Bi3AsS16
5.8.12TučekiteNi9Sb2S8
5.8.13BismutohauchecorniteNi9Bi2S8
5.8.14ParkeriteNi3(Bi,Pb)2S2
5.8.15HauchecorniteNi9BiSbS8
5.8.16TellurohauchecorniteNi9BiTeS8
5.8.17LapieiteCuNiSbS3
5.8.18MückeiteCuNiBiS3
5.8.19VozhminiteNi4AsS2

Other Names for Jamesonite

Other Information

Other Information:
Raman bands connected with stretching and bending of the SbS3 groups are between 350 and 180 cm-1
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 (1957) 109: 161-183.

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.

Kharbish, S. & Jeleň, S. (2016) Raman spectroscopy of the Pb-Sb sulfosalts minerals: Boulangerite, jamesonite, robinsonite and zinkenite. Vibrational Spectroscopy, 85, 157-166.

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