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About SabelliiteHide

Emerald-green, grass-green
Crystal System:
To honor Dr. Cesare Sabelli (b.1934), Consiglio Nazionale della Ricerche, Florence, Italy, who has worked with the copper-bearing alteration minerals of Sardinia, Italy.
The reported crystal structure (Olmi et al., 1995b) and the presence of "SbO4" groups appear questionable (U. Kolitsch, unpublished results; see also U. Kolitsch, P. G. Slade, E. R. T. Tiekink and A. Pring (1999): The structure of antimonian dussertite and the role of antimony in oxysalt minerals. Mineral. Mag. 63, 17-26.).

Classification of SabelliiteHide

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B : Phosphates, etc., with additional anions, without H2O
E : With only medium-sized cations, (OH, etc.):RO4 > 2:1

Physical Properties of SabelliiteHide

Emerald-green, grass-green
Light green
4½ on Mohs scale

Optical Data of SabelliiteHide

Uniaxial (-)
RI values:
nω = 1.802 nε = 1.797
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.005
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High

Chemical Properties of SabelliiteHide

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Crystallography of SabelliiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
3 - Rhombohedral
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 8.197(2) Å, c = 7.312(1) Å
a:c = 1 : 0.892
Unit Cell V:
425.48 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Tabular on {001}, with a characteristic coinlike circular outline.

Crystal StructureHide

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0006608SabelliiteOlmi F, Sabelli C, Trosti-Ferroni R (1995) The crystal structure of sabelliite European Journal of Mineralogy 7 1331-133719950293
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Type Occurrence of SabelliiteHide

Synonyms of SabelliiteHide

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Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
3 photos of Sabelliite associated with AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
1 photo of Sabelliite associated with FluoriteCaF2
1 photo of Sabelliite associated with QuartzSiO2

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

8.BE.05AugeliteAl2(PO4)(OH)3Mon. 2/m : B2/m
8.BE.10GrattarolaiteFe3+3(PO4)O3Trig. 3m : R3m
8.BE.15CornetiteCu3(PO4)(OH)3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbca
8.BE.20ClinoclaseCu3(AsO4)(OH)3Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.BE.25ArhbariteCu2Mg(AsO4)(OH)3Tric. 1 : P1
8.BE.30AllactiteMn2+7(AsO4)2(OH)8Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.BE.30FlinkiteMn2+2Mn3+(AsO4)(OH)4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
8.BE.30RaadeiteMg7(PO4)2(OH)8Mon. 2/m
8.BE.30ArganditeMn7(VO4)2(OH)8Mon. 2/m : P21/m
8.BE.35Chlorophoenicite(Mn,Mg)3Zn2(AsO4)(OH,O)6Mon. 2/m : B2/m
8.BE.35Magnesiochlorophoenicite(Mg,Mn)3Zn2(AsO4)(OH,O)6Mon. 2/m : B2/m
8.BE.45Hematolite(Mn,Mg,Al,Fe3+)15(As5+O4)2(As3+O3)(OH)23Trig. 3 : R3
8.BE.45KraissliteZn3(Mn,Mg)25(Fe3+,Al)(As3+O3)2[(Si,As5+)O4]10(OH)16Orth. 2 2 2 : C2 2 21
8.BE.45McgoverniteMn19Zn3(AsO4)3(AsO3)(SiO4)3(OH)21Trig. 3m (3 2/m)
8.BE.45Arakiite(Zn,Mn2+)(Mn2+,Mg)12(Fe3+,Al)2(As5+O4)2(As3+O3)(OH)23Mon. m : Bb
8.BE.45CarlfrancisiteMn2+3(Mn2+,Mg,Fe3+,Al)42[As3+O3]2(As5+O4)4[(Si,As5+)O4]6[(As5+,Si)O4]2(OH)42Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
8.BE.50SynadelphiteMn2+9(As5+O4)2(As3+O3)(OH)9 · 2H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
8.BE.55Holdenite(Mn2+,Mg)6Zn3(AsO4)2(SiO4)(OH)8Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Ccca
8.BE.60KoliciteMn2+7Zn4(AsO4)2(SiO4)2(OH)8Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmca
8.BE.70JarosewichiteMn2+3Mn3+(AsO4)(OH)6Orth. 2 2 2
8.BE.85WaterhouseiteMn2+7(PO4)2(OH)8Mon. 2/m : P21/b

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 SabelliiteHide

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Olmi, F., Santucci, A., Trosti-Ferroni, R. (1995a): Sabelliite, a new copper-zinc arsenate-antimonate mineral from Sardinia, Italy. European Journal of Mineralogy, 7, 1325-1330.
Olmi, F., Sabelli, C., Trosti-Ferroni, R. (1995b): The crystal structure of sabelliite. European Journal of Mineralogy, 7, 1331-1337.
Mineralogical Record: 27: 305.

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Localities for SabelliiteHide

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- 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.
  • Tyrol
    • Schwaz District
      • Ringenwechsel mining district
E Lackner collection
  • Veszprém County
    • Balatonfüred district
HOM Collection,2006
  • Friuli Venezia Giulia
    • Udine Province
      • Forni Avoltri
Bortolozzi G,M., Ciriotti M.E., Bittarello E. and Moeckel S. (2015): Monte Avanza, Forni Avoltri; Carnia (Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia): conferme e nuovi ritrovamenti. Micro,1-2015, 2-39.
  • Lombardy
    • Lecco Province
      • Introbio
Vergani F. (2019) – Le mineralizzazioni filoniane a solfuri della Valsassina: studio giacimentologico preliminare. Tesi di laurea inedita, Milano State University. Vergani F., Gentile P., Guastoni A., Possenti L. (2020) – La mineralizzazione ad arseniati e i minerali di antimonio di Passo Camisolo, Introbio (LC) e Valtorta (BG), Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, n. 1 2020, pp. 44-62.
  • Sardinia
    • South Sardinia Province
      • Domusnovas
Olmi, F., Santucci, A., Trosti-Ferroni, R. (1995): Sabelliite, a new copper-zinc arsenate-antimonate mineral from Sardinia, Italy. European Journal of Mineralogy, 7, 1325-1330.
  • Asturias
    • Cabrales
      • Prado
        • Ortiguero
          • Hoyos de Alda
Vrtiška L, Sejkora J, Čejka J, Malíková R, Loun J (2017) Theisite, sabelliite and tyrolite from the Cu deposit La Mina Delfina, Ortiguero (Spain). Bull Mineral Petrolog 24: 1, 85-97.
  • Valais
    • Sierre
      • Anniviers
        • Saint-Luc
Ansermet, S. (2012): Mines et minéraux du Valais - II. Anniviers et Tourtemagne. With contributions by N. Meisser, Ed. Porte-plumes (Ayer)
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