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About RickarditeHide

Thomas A. Rickard
Red-violet (fresh), darkens
Crystal System:
Named after Thomas Arthur Rickard (1864–1953), mining engineer and Editor of the Engineering and Mining Journal, New York and London.
This page provides mineralogical data about Rickardite.

Classification of RickarditeHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
B : Metal Sulfides, M: S > 1: 1 (mainly 2: 1)
A : With Cu, Ag, Au

16 : Miscellaneous

3 : Sulphides, Selenides, Tellurides, Arsenides and Bismuthides (except the arsenides, antimonides and bismuthides of Cu, Ag and Au, which are included in Section 1)
1 : Sulphides etc. of Cu

Physical Properties of RickarditeHide

Red-violet (fresh), darkens
3½ on Mohs scale

Chemical Properties of RickarditeHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of RickarditeHide

Crystal System:
Cell Parameters:
a = 4 Å, b = 19.89 Å, c = 12.22 Å
a:b:c = 0.201 : 1 : 0.614
Unit Cell V:
972.22 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

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0000047RickarditeForman S A, Peacock M A (1949) Crystal structure of rickardite, Cu4-xTe2 American Mineralogist 34 441-45119490293
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Type Occurrence of RickarditeHide

Other Language Names for RickarditeHide

Simplified Chinese:碲铜矿

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
3 photos of Rickardite associated with TelluriumTe
2 photos of Rickardite associated with AltaitePbTe
1 photo of Rickardite associated with Henryite(Cu,Ag)3+xTe2 , with x ~ 0.40
1 photo of Rickardite associated with HessiteAg2Te
1 photo of Rickardite associated with PetziteAg3AuTe2
1 photo of Rickardite associated with Sylvanite(Au,Ag)2Te4

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

2.BA.DzierżanowskiteCaCu2S2Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
2.BA.05ChalcociteCu2SMon. 2/m : P21/b
2.BA.05DjurleiteCu31S16Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm
2.BA.05GeeriteCu8S5Trig. 3
2.BA.05RoxbyiteCu9S5Tric. 1 : P1
2.BA.10AniliteCu7S4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
2.BA.10DigeniteCu9S5Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
2.BA.15BorniteCu5FeS4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbca
2.BA.20BellidoiteCu2SeTet. 4/m : P42/n
2.BA.20BerzelianiteCu2SeIso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
2.BA.35AcanthiteAg2SMon. 2/m : P21/m
2.BA.40MckinstryiteAg5-xCu3+xS4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
2.BA.40StromeyeriteAgCuSOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
2.BA.45SelenojalpaiteAg3CuSe2Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/amd
2.BA.55AguilariteAg4SeSMon. 2/m
2.BA.55NaumanniteAg2SeOrth. 2 2 2 : P21 21 21
2.BA.60CervelleiteAg4TeSMon. 2/m
2.BA.60HessiteAg2TeMon. 2/m : P21/b
2.BA.65Henryite(Cu,Ag)3+xTe2 , with x ~ 0.40 Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3c
2.BA.65StütziteAg5-xTe3, x = 0.24-0.36Hex. 6 : P6
2.BA.70ArgyroditeAg8GeS6Orth. mm2 : Pna21
2.BA.70CanfielditeAg8SnS6Orth. mm2
2.BA.70Putzite(Cu4.7Ag3.3)GeS6Iso. 4 3m : F4 3m
2.BA.75FischesseriteAg3AuSe2Iso. 4 3 2 : I41 3 2
2.BA.75PetziteAg3AuTe2Iso. 4 3 2 : I41 3 2
2.BA.75UytenbogaardtiteAg3AuS2Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide,Cu)7Se5Orth.

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

3.1.1ChalcociteCu2SMon. 2/m : P21/b
3.1.2DjurleiteCu31S16Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm
3.1.3DigeniteCu9S5Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
3.1.4AniliteCu7S4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
3.1.5RoxbyiteCu9S5Tric. 1 : P1
3.1.6SpionkopiteCu39S28Hex. 6 2 2
3.1.7GeeriteCu8S5Trig. 3
3.1.8CovelliteCuSHex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
3.1.9BerzelianiteCu2SeIso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
3.1.10BellidoiteCu2SeTet. 4/m : P42/n
3.1.12YarrowiteCu9S8Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
3.1.14KlockmanniteCuSeHex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
3.1.15Krut'aiteCuSe2Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Pa3
3.1.20LautiteCuAsSOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
3.1.21MgriiteCu3AsSe3Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m)
3.1.22CubaniteCuFe2S3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
3.1.23BorniteCu5FeS4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbca
3.1.24FukuchiliteCu3FeS8Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Pa3
3.1.25ChalcopyriteCuFeS2Tet. 4 2m : I4 2d
3.1.27HaycockiteCu4Fe5S8Orth. 2 2 2
3.1.28IsocubaniteCuFe2S3Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
3.1.30NukundamiteCu3.33Fe0.66S4Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
3.1.32Orickite2CuFeS2 · H2OHex.
3.1.35TalnakhiteCu9(Fe,Ni)8S16Iso. 4 3m : I4 3m

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 RickarditeHide

Reference List:
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Ford, W.E. (1903) Rickardit, ein neues Mineral. Zeitschrift für Krystallographie und Mineralogie: 37: 609-610.
Ford, W.E. (1903) Rickardite, a new mineral. American Journal of Science: 165: 69-70.
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, 834pp.: 198-199.
Thompson, R.M. (1949) The telluride minerals and their occurrence in Canada. American Mineralogist: 34: 342-382.
Forman, S.A., Peacock, M.A. (1949) Crystal structure of rickardite, Cu4-xTe2. American Mineralogist: 34: 441-451.
Baranova, R.V., Pinsker, Z.G. (1969) The question of disorder in the tetragonal phase Cu4-xTe2. Soviet Physics - Crystallography: 14: 214-217.
Mineralogical Journal (Japan) (1973): 7: 252.
Schutte, W.J., de Boer, J.L. (1993) Determination of the incommensurately modulated structure of Cu3-xTe2. Acta Crystallographica: B49: 398-403.

Internet Links for RickarditeHide

Localities for RickarditeHide

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.
  • Western Australia
    • Coolgardie Shire
Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404
    • East Pilbara Shire
      • Nullagine
Mock, C., Elliott, B.G., Ewers, G.R., Lorenz, R.P. (1987), Gold deposits of Western Australia, BMR Datafile (MINDEP), Resource Deposit 3, Department of Primary Industries and Energy/ Bureau of Mineral Resources Geology Geophysics, Commonwealth Government of Australia, 1987
    • Kalgoorlie-Boulder Shire
      • Kalgoorlie-Boulder
        • Golden Mile Mines
Simpson, E.S. (1948), Minerals of Western Australia, Vol 3, p488
  • La Paz
    • Aroma Province
      • Laurani District
USGS Bulletin # 1975, p. 255.
  • Pazardzhik Province
    • Panagyurishte Municipality
      • Levski
Tsonev, D., Popov, K., Kanazirski, M., Strashimirov, S. 2000. Radka ore field. In: Strashimirov, S., Popov, P. (Eds.), Geology and Metallogeny of the Panagyurishte Ore Region (Srednogorie Zone, Bulgaria). ABCD-GEODE 2000 Workshop, Guide to excursions (A and C), 32-39.
  • British Columbia
    • Omineca Mining Division
R. M. Thompson (1954) Mineral occurrences in Western Canada. American Mineralogist 39:525-528; British Columbia Geological Survey, Minfile database.
  • Northwest Territories
    • North Slave Region
      • Yellowknife
RIDLAND, G. C (1941): Mineralogy of the Negus and Con Mines, Yellowknife, Northwest
COLEMAN, L.C. (1953) Mineralogy of the Yellowknife Bay are, N.W.T. American Mineralogist 38, 506-527.
RIDLAND, G. C (1941): Mineralogy of the Negus and Con Mines, Yellowknife, Northwest
  • Ontario
    • Timiskaming District
      • Bannockburn Township
Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404
  • Québec
    • Abitibi-Témiscamingue
      • Rouyn-Noranda TE
Sabina (2003) 66.
Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404
  • Coquimbo
    • Elqui Province
Jannas, R.R., Beane, R.E., Ahler, B.A., Brosnahan, D.R. (1990) Gold and copper mineralization at the El Indio deposit, Chile. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 36, 233-266.
  • Henan
    • Sanmenxia
      • Lingbao City
Shuzhang Tian, Jingyu Chen, and Xiumei Li (1993): Gold Geology 5(4), 54-58; Shuzhang Tian, Jingyu Chen, and Xiumei Li (1994): Acta Mineralogica Sinica 14(3), 241-246
  • Xinjiang
    • Hami Prefecture (Kumul Prefecture; Qumul Prefecture)
      • Yizhou District
        • Tuwu-Yandong copper ore belt
Czech Republic
  • Plzeň Region
    • Tachov District
      • Tachov
Economic Geology 92 (1997) 468-484.
El Salvador
  • La Unión Department
    • Santa Rosa de Lima
American Mineralogist (1930) 15: 272-273
  • Western Region
    • Ashanti gold belt
      • Obuasi
Mineralogical Magazine 1990 54 : 617-627; Bonev, I. K., Petrunov, R., Cook, N. J., & Ciobanu, C. L. (2005). Kostovite and its argentian varieties: Deposits and mineral associations. Geochem. Mineral. Petrol.(Bulg. Acad. Sci.), 42, 1-22.
  • Attica
    • East Attica
      • Lavreotiki
        • Lavrion mining district
          • Plaka
            • Plaka Mines
Kolitsch, U., Rieck, B. and Voudouris, P. (2015): Mineralogy and genesis of the Lavrion ore deposit: new insights from the study of ore and accessory minerals. MinPet 2015, Leoben, Austria, September 10-13; abstract in Mitt. Österr. Mineral. Ges. 161, 66.; Rieck, B., Kolitsch, U., Voudouris, P., Giester, G. and Tzeferis, P. (2018): Weitere Neufunde aus Lavrion, Griechenland. Mineralien-Welt 29 (5), 32-77 (in German).
  • South Aegean
    • Tinos
      • Tinos Island
Economic Geology 102 (2007) 1269-1294.; Bonev, I. K., Petrunov, R., Cook, N. J., & Ciobanu, C. L. (2005). Kostovite and its argentian varieties: Deposits and mineral associations. Geochem. Mineral. Petrol.(Bulg. Acad. Sci.), 42, 1-22.
  • Hokkaidō Prefecture
    • Ishikari Subprefecture
      • Sapporo City
        • Nishi-ku
石橋正夫. (1956). Some Tellurium Minerals from the Kobetsuzawa Mine, Sapporo, Hokkaido. 鉱物学雜誌, 2(6), 447-457.; Nakata et al (1989) Mineralogical Magazine, 53, 387-388
Watanabe (1934) Ganseki-Koubutsu-Koshogaku Zasshi, 11, 213-220.; 島倉広至, 三浦貴生, 浜根大輔, 松枝大治, & 三浦裕行. (2015). 北海道手稲鉱山産 Te, Bi, As 鉱物. 北海道大学地球物理学研究報告, 78, 19-35.
  • Shizuoka Prefecture
    • Shimoda City
      • Rendaiji
Int Geol Congr (2008) Oslo. MRD-09; Okamoto collection (curated at the Geological Survey museum, Japan)
  • Wakayama Prefecture
    • Iwade city
Manabe Minerals specimens; Alfredo Petrov collection
  • East Kazakhstan
    • Kurshim
Глоба В.А. Месторождение Манка - новый геолого-промышленный тип месторождений золота. // Изв. НАН РК, Сер. геол. 2006, 5(403), с.20-28.
  • Sonora
    • Moctezuma Municipality
Lapis 2001(1), 11-40
Bonev, I.K., Petrunov, R., Cook, N.J., Ciobanu, C.L. (2005) Kostovite and its argentian varieties: Deposits and mineral associations. Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Petrology (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences): 42: 1-22.
  • Kabardino-Balkaria
    • Baksan Valley
Parada, S. G., & Stolyarov, V. V. (2012, August). Relation of gold mineralization on the northern flank of the Tyrnyauz deposit to intrusive complexes, Kabardino-Balkar Republic. In Doklady Earth Sciences (Vol. 445, No. 2, pp. 939-942). MAIK Nauka/Interperiodica.
  • Kamchatka Krai
    • Central Kamchatka mining district
Andreeva, E. D., Matsueda, H., Okrugin, V. M., Takahashi, R., & Ono, S. (2013). Au–Ag–Te Mineralization of the Low‐Sulfidation Epithermal Aginskoe Deposit, Central Kamchatka, Russia. Resource Geology, 63(4), 337-349.
V.A. Kovalenker, O.Yu. Plotinskaya (2005): Te and Se mineralogy of Ozernovskoe and Prasolovskoe epithermal gold deposits, Kuril – Kamchatka volcanic belt. Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Petrology 43, 118-123. []; Spiridonov, E. M., Filimonov, S. V., & Bryzgalov, I. A. (2009, April). Solid solution fisnhesserite-naumannite (Ag, Au) 2 Se in ores of the volcanogenic gold deposit Ozernovskoye, Kamchatka. In Doklady Earth Sciences (Vol. 425, No. 2, pp. 415-418). SP MAIK Nauka/Interperiodica.
Saudi Arabia
  • Tabuk Region
    • Wejh
Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404
  • Prešov Region
    • Prešov District
      • Zlatá Baňa
Duda et. all.,1981:Minerály severnej časti Slanských vrchov. Min.Slovca,Monografia 2,Bratislava, 98 p
Ďuďa R., Baláž B. (2001): Minerály na ložiskách zlatobanského stratovulkánu. Minerál, 9, 4, 248-269 (in Slovak).
South Africa
  • Northern Cape
    • Namakwa
Cairncross, B. (2004): History of The Okiep Copper District, Namaqualand, Northern Cape Province, South Africa. Mineralogical Record 35(4) 289-317.
  • Arizona
    • Cochise County
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd. ed.:65
        • Calumet and Arizona group of claims (Calumet and Arizona Mining Company group of claims)
American Mineralogist (1930) 15: 272-273
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 355; Crawford, W.P. (1930), Notes on Rickardite, a new occurrence, Am.Min.: 15: 272-273; Galbraith, F.W. (1947), Minerals of AZ, AZ Bur. of Mines Bull. 153: 17; Moore, R.T. (1953), Minerals and Metals of Increasing Interest, Rare and Radioactive Minerals, AZ Bur. Mines Bull. 163: 19.
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 248, 355; Graeme, R. (1993), Bisbee revisited, Min.Rec.: 24: 421-436; Criddle, A.J., et al (1983), Henryite, a new copper-silver telluride from Bisbee, AZ, Bull. Min.: 106: 511-517.; Bonev, I. K., Petrunov, R., Cook, N. J., & Ciobanu, C. L. (2005). Kostovite and its argentian varieties: Deposits and mineral associations. Geochem. Mineral. Petrol.(Bulg. Acad. Sci.), 42, 1-22.
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 212-213.
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 355.
  • California
    • Inyo Co.
      • Darwin Hills
        • Darwin Mining District
          • Darwin
Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404
  • Colorado
    • Boulder Co.
      • Gold Hill Mining District
Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckel
      • Jamestown Mining District
Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckel
Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckel
      • Magnolia Mining District
Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckel
      • Sugarloaf Mining District
Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckel; William Crowley Kelly, Edwin Newell Goddard (1969) Telluride Ores of Boulder County, Colorado. GSA Memoir 109.
    • Custer Co.
      • Rosita Mining District
Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckel
    • Gunnison Co.
      • Vulcan Mining District (Cebolla Mining District; Domingo Mining District)
        • Vulcan
Ford, W.E. (1903) Rickardite, a new mineral. American Journal of Science: 165: 69-70.
U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
    • Lake Co.
      • Alicante
        • Buckeye Gulch
Minerals of Colorado (1997) Eckel, E. B.
    • Saguache Co.
      • Bonanza Mining District (Kerber Creek Mining District; Blake Mining District)
        • Bonanza
Dana 7:I:199.; American Mineralogist (1930) 15: 272-273
  • New Mexico
    • Doña Ana Co.
      • Organ Mountains
Northrop, Minerals of New Mexico, 3rd. rev. ed. (1996)
Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Northrop, S.A., LaBruzza, F.A. (1996) Minerals of New Mexico. 3rd ed., University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 346 pages. ; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
  • Utah
    • Juab Co.
      • Mammoth
        • North Star Mine (Star Consolidated Mine)
Collected and analyzed by Joy Desor.
    • Utah Co.
Collected by and in the collection of Brent Thorne. SEM-EDS confirmed by Rob Bowell.
  • Tashkent
    • Okhangaron District
Plotinskaya, O. Y., Kovalenker, V. A., Seltmann, R., & Stanley, C. J. (2006). Te and Se mineralogy of the high-sulfidation Kochbulak and Kairagach epithermal gold telluride deposits (Kurama Ridge, Middle Tien Shan, Uzbekistan). Mineralogy and Petrology, 87(3-4), 187-207.; Kovalenker, V. A., Safonov, Y. G., Naumov, V. B., & Rusinov, V. L. (1997). The Epithermal Gold-Telluride Kochbulak Deposit. Geology of Ore Deposits C/C of Geologiia Rudnykh Mestorozhdenii, 39, 107-128.
  • Mashonaland West
    • Kadoma District
Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404; Bonev, I. K., Petrunov, R., Cook, N. J., & Ciobanu, C. L. (2005). Kostovite and its argentian varieties: Deposits and mineral associations. Geochem. Mineral. Petrol.(Bulg. Acad. Sci.), 42, 1-22.
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