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About PezzottaiteHide

Federico Pezzotta
Raspberry-red to pink
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Member of:
Named by Brendan M. Laurs, et al. in 2003 in honor of Federico Pezzotta (28 October 1965, Bergamo, Italy - ), petrologist and curator at the Museo Civico, Milano, Italy, for his work on Madagascar's granitic pegmatites.
Related to beryl. Pezzottaite is trigonal while beryl is hexagonal.

Visit gemdat.org for gemological information about Pezzottaite.

Classification of PezzottaiteHide

Approval Year:

9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
C : Cyclosilicates
J : [Si6O18]12- 6-membered single rings (sechser-Einfachringe), without insular complex anions

Physical Properties of PezzottaiteHide

Transparent, Translucent
Raspberry-red to pink
colorless to white
none observed
Irregular/Uneven, Conchoidal
2.97 g/cm3 (Measured)    3.06 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of PezzottaiteHide

Uniaxial (-)
RI values:
nω = 1.612 - 1.620 nε = 1.601 - 1.611
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.011
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
orange-red to purple-violet

Chemical Properties of PezzottaiteHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of PezzottaiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
3 - Rhombohedral
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 15.946 Å, c = 27.803 Å
a:c = 1 : 1.744
Unit Cell V:
6122 ų
Hexagonal tabular crystals, small flat to equant crystals.

Type Occurrence of PezzottaiteHide

Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Smithsonian, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, ontario Canada, Natural History Museum of Bern, Switzerland
Geological Setting of Type Material:

Synonyms of PezzottaiteHide

Other Language Names for PezzottaiteHide

Relationship of Pezzottaite to other SpeciesHide

Member of:
Other Members of this group:
Avdeevite(Na,Cs)(Be2Li)Al2(Si6O18)Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
BazziteBe3Sc2(Si6O18)Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P6/mcc
BerylBe3Al2(Si6O18)Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P6/mcc
StoppaniiteBe3Fe3+2(Si6O18) · H2OHex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P6/mcc

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Schorl15 photos of Pezzottaite associated with Schorl on mindat.org.
Albite14 photos of Pezzottaite associated with Albite on mindat.org.
Tourmaline5 photos of Pezzottaite associated with Tourmaline on mindat.org.
Chiavennite2 photos of Pezzottaite associated with Chiavennite on mindat.org.
Lepidolite1 photo of Pezzottaite associated with Lepidolite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

9.CJ.05BazziteBe3Sc2(Si6O18)Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P6/mcc
9.CJ.05BerylBe3Al2(Si6O18)Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P6/mcc
9.CJ.05IndialiteMg2Al3(AlSi5O18)Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P6/mcc
9.CJ.05StoppaniiteBe3Fe3+2(Si6O18) · H2OHex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P6/mcc
9.CJ.10Cordierite(Mg,Fe)2Al3(AlSi5O18)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cccm
9.CJ.15aCombeiteNa4.5Ca3.5Si6O17.5(OH)0.5Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
9.CJ.15cKoashviteNa6(Ca,Mn)(Ti,Fe)Si6O18 · H2OOrth.
9.CJ.15aLovozeriteNa2Ca(Zr,Ti)(Si6O12)[(OH)4O2] · H2OMon.
9.CJ.15aTisinaliteNa3H3(Mn,Ca,Fe)TiSi6(O,OH)18 · 2H2OTrig.
9.CJ.15aLitvinskiteNa2(◻,Na,Mn)ZrSi6O12(OH,O)6Mon. m : Bm
9.CJ.15aKapustiniteNa5(Na,Mn2+)<1Zr(H2Si6O18)Mon. 2/m
9.CJ.25BaratoviteKCa7(Ti,Zr)2Li3Si12O36F2Mon. 2/m : B2/b
9.CJ.25KatayamaliteKLi3Ca7Ti2(SiO3)12(OH)2Mon. 2/m : B2/b
9.CJ.25AleksandroviteKCa7Sn2Li3Si12O36F2Mon. 2/m : B2/b
9.CJ.30DioptaseCuSiO3 · H2OTrig. 3 : R3
9.CJ.35KostyleviteK2Zr(Si3O9) · H2OMon.
9.CJ.40PetarasiteNa5Zr2(Si6O18)(Cl,OH) · 2H2OMon. 2/m : P21/m
9.CJ.45Gerenite-(Y)(Ca,Na)2(Y,REE)3Si6O18 · 2H2OTric.

Fluorescence of PezzottaiteHide

Other InformationHide

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 PezzottaiteHide

Reference List:
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Laurs, B.M., Simmons, W.B., Rossman, G.R., Quinn, E.P., McClure, S.F., Peretti, A., Armbruster, T., Hawthorne, F.C., Falster, A.U., Günther, D., Cooper, M.A., Grobéty, B. (2003) Pezzottaite from Ambatovita, Madagascar: A New Gem Mineral. Gems & Gemology: 39(4): 284-301.
Hawthorne, F.C., Cooper, M.A., Simmons, W.B., Falster, A.U., Laurs, B.M., Armbruster, T., Rossman, G.R., Peretti, A., Günter, D., Grobéty, B. (2004) Pezzottaite Cs(Be2Li)Al2Si6O18 A spectacular new beryl-group mineral from the Sakavalana pegmatite, Fianarantsoa province, Madagascar. Mineralogical Record: 35(5): 369-378.
Beryl and its Color Varieties (2005) Extra Lapis English No. 7.
Pezzotta, F., Guastoni, A., Forner, H., Demartin, F., Kristiansen, R. (2005) Découverte exceptionnelle de chiavennite associée à pezzottaite dans la pegmatite de Sakavalana, Mandrosonoro, Madagascar. Le Règne Minéral: 61: ???-???.
Piilonen, P.C., Grew, E.S., Ercit, T.S. (2005) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 90: 1227-1233.
Locock, A.J., Piilonen, P.C., Ercit, T.S., Rowe, R. (2006) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 91: 216-224.
Devouard, B., Devidal, J.L. (2007) Pezzottaite from Myanmar. Gems & Gemology: Gem News International: 43(1): 70-72.
Yakubovich, O.V., Pekov, I.V., Steele, I.M., Massa, W., Chukanov, N.V. (2009) Alkali metals in beryl and their role in the formation of derivative structural motifs: comparative crystal chemistry of vorobyevite and pezzottaite. Crystallography Reports: 54: 399-412.
(2009) Kristallografiya: 54: 432-445.
Gatta, G.D., Adamo, I., Meven, M., Lambruschi, E. (2012) A single-crystal neutron and X-ray diffraction study of pezzottaite, Cs(Be2Li)Al2Si6O18. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals: 39: 829-840.
Skalwold, E.A., Koivula, J.I. (2015) Pezzottaite Debuts as the Newest Trapiche Gem Mineral. Gems & Gemology: 51(3): 326-328. [http://www.gia.edu/gems-gemology/fall-2015-microworld-pezzottaite-debuts-trapiche-gem-mineral]

Internet Links for PezzottaiteHide

Localities for PezzottaiteHide

This 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.

Locality ListHide

- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
  • Kunar
    • Chapa Dara District
Herb Obodda
  • Nuristan
    • Wama District (Vama District)
      • Parun (Paroon; Parown) pegmatite field
Lapis Extra (English) No. 7 (2005) p12
Madagascar (TL)
  • Amoron'i Mania
    • Ambatofinandrahana
      • Mandrosonoro
        • Ambatovita
Laurs, B. L. et al. (2003): Pezzottaite from Ambatovita, Madagaascar: A new Gem mineral. Gems & Gemology 39 (4): 284-301; Hawthorne, F.C., Cooper, M.A., Simmons, W.B., Falster, A.U., Laurs, B.M., Armbruster, T., Rossman, G.R., Peretti, A., Günter, D., and Grobéty, B. (2004) Pezzottaite Cs(Be2Li)Al2Si6O18 A spectacular new beryl-group mineral from the Sakavalana pegmatite, Fianarantsoa province, Madagascar. Mineralogical Record: 35(5): 369-378; G. Diego Gatta, Ilaria Adamo, Martin Meven, Erica Lambruschi (2012): A single-crystal neutron and X-ray diffraction study of pezzottaite, Cs(Be2Li)Al2Si6O18. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 39, 829-840.
  • Vakinankaratra
    • Antsirabe II
      • Ibity
        • Sahatany Valley
Rob Lavinsky photo id 744080 ( Dr. Federico Pezzotta is cited in caption on the validity of the id)
  • Shan State
    • Kyaukme District
      • Momeik Township
        • Molo quarter
Devouard, B. and Devidal, J.L. (2007): Pezzottaite from Myanmar. Gems & Gemology: Gem News International, 43(1), 70-72.
  • Lower Silesian Voivodeship
    • Dzierżoniów Co.
      • Piława Górna
        • DSS Piława Górna Quarry
A. Pieczka et al. (2016) Cs-bearing beryl evolving to pezzottaite from the Julianna pegmatitic system, SW Poland. Can Min 54: 115.
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