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About SpertiniiteHide

Francesco Spertini
Light blue, blue-green
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Named after Francesco Spertini (b. 1937), chief geologist, Jeffrey mine, Richmond County, Québec, Canada, the discovery locality.
Chemically similar to anthonyite. Also compare 'UM1974-06-O:CuH'.

In terms of chemistry alone it is the Cu analogue of wülfingite, which is also orthorhombic but has different space group (different structure anyway).

Classification of SpertiniiteHide

Approval Year:
First Published:

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
F : Hydroxides (without V or U)
D : Hydroxides with OH, without H2O; chains of edge-sharing octahedra

2 : X(OH)2

7 : Oxides and Hydroxides
3 : Oxides of Cu

Physical Properties of SpertiniiteHide

Light blue, blue-green
None Observed
3.93 g/cm3 (Measured)    3.94 g/cm3 (Calculated)
Measured in Clerici solution

Optical Data of SpertiniiteHide

RI values:
nα = 1.720
Max Birefringence:
δ = 1.720
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
relatively strong

Chemical Properties of SpertiniiteHide

CAS Registry number:

CAS Registry numbers are published by the American Chemical Society

Crystallography of SpertiniiteHide

Crystal System:
Cell Parameters:
a = 2.95 Å, b = 10.59 Å, c = 5.27 Å
a:b:c = 0.279 : 1 : 0.498
Unit Cell V:
164.3 ų

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
5.29 (80)
3.73 (90)
2.63 (100)
2.50 (60)
2.361 (50)
2.266 (70)
1.718 (70)

Type Occurrence of SpertiniiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Small botryoidal aggregates
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
National Museum of Natural Sciences, Ottawa, Canada (NMNS 44696).
Cotype material (NMNS 44697, 44698 and 44699).
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Rodingite dyke near the contact with host serpentinized dunite.
Grice, J.D., Gasparrini, E. (1981) Spertiniite, Cu(OH)2 a new mineral from Jeffrey Mine, Quebec. Canadian Mineralogist: 19: 337-340.

Synonyms of SpertiniiteHide

Other Language Names for SpertiniiteHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Cerussite4 photos of Spertiniite associated with Cerussite on mindat.org.
Cuprite4 photos of Spertiniite associated with Cuprite on mindat.org.
Malachite2 photos of Spertiniite associated with Malachite on mindat.org.
Copper1 photo of Spertiniite associated with Copper on mindat.org.
Hydrocerussite1 photo of Spertiniite associated with Hydrocerussite on mindat.org.
Hydroromarchite1 photo of Spertiniite associated with Hydroromarchite on mindat.org.
Likasite1 photo of Spertiniite associated with Likasite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

4.FD.10BracewelliteCrO(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
4.FD.10DiasporeAlO(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
4.FD.10GroutiteMn3+O(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
4.FD.15ManganiteMn3+O(OH)Mon. 2/m : P21/b
4.FD.20Yttrotungstite-(Ce)(Ce,Nd,Y)W2O6(OH)3Mon. 2 : P21
4.FD.20Unnamed (Nd-analogue of Yttrotungstite-(Ce))(Nd,Ce,La)W2O6(OH)3
4.FD.30KhinitePb2+Cu2+3[Te6+O6](OH)2Orth. mm2 : Fdd2
4.FD.30Khinite-3TPb2+Cu2+3Te6+O6(OH)2Trig. 3 : P32

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

7.3.1CupriteCu2OIso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Pn3m
7.3.2TenoriteCuOMon. 2/m : B2/b
7.3.3ParamelaconiteCu1+2Cu2+2O3Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/amd
7.3.5CredneriteCuMnO2Mon. 2/m : B2/m
7.3.6DelafossiteCuFeO2Trig. 3m (3 2/m)

Fluorescence of SpertiniiteHide

No UV fluorescence.

Other InformationHide

Synthetic material is soluble in cold water, decomposes in hot water and is soluble in acids.
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 SpertiniiteHide

Reference List:
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Grice, J.D., Gasparrini, E. (1981) Spertiniite, Cu(OH)2 a new mineral from Jeffrey Mine, Quebec. Canadian Mineralogist: 19: 337-340.
Fleischer, M., Chao, G.Y., Mandarino, J.A. (1982) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 67: 854-860.
Oswald, H.R., Reller, A., Schmalle, H.W., Dubler, E. (1990) Structure of copper(II) hydroxide, Cu(OH)2. [spertiniite] Acta Crystallographica: C46: 2279-2284.
Jambor, J.L., Grew, E.S. (1993) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 78: 233-238.
Kolitsch, U., Götzinger, M. (2000) Einige Neufunde aus der Grube Clara im mittleren Schwarzwald: Eulytin, Namibit, Volborthit, Gearksutit, Spertiniit, Monazit-(La), Protasit, Sainfeldit, Cyanotrichit und Vauquelinit. Der Erzgräber: 14: 33-47.

Internet Links for SpertiniiteHide

Localities for SpertiniiteHide

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.
  • Queensland
    • Cloncurry Shire
      • Cloncurry
Vic Cloete collection
Canada (TL)
  • Québec
    • Estrie
      • Les Sources RCM
        • Asbestos
GRICE, J.D., and GASPARRINI, E. (1981) Spertiniite, Cu(OH)2 a new mineral from Jeffrey Mine, Quebec. Canadian Mineralogist, 19, 337-340. ; Can Mineral December 1, 1959 vol. 6 no. 3 307-319
    • Montérégie
      • La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM
        • Mont Saint-Hilaire
Horváth, L and Gault, R.A. (1990), The mineralogy of Mont Saint-Hilaire Quebec. Mineralogical Record: 21: 284-359.
Pavel M. Kartashov analytical data
  • Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
    • Loire
      • La Pacaudière
        • Le Crozet
Chollet, P. & Devouard, B. (2013): La mine de cuivre et de plomb des Rats, Le Crozet (Loire). Le Règne Minéral, 109, 7-46.
  • Baden-Württemberg
    • Freiburg
      • Ortenaukreis
        • Oberwolfach
          • Rankach valley
Kolitsch, U. & Götzinger, M. (2000): Einige Neufunde aus der Grube Clara im mittleren Schwarzwald: Eulytin, Namibit, Volborthit, Gearksutit, Spertiniit, Monazit-(La), Protasit, Sainfeldit, Cyanotrichit und Vauquelinit. Erzgräber 14, 33-47. (in German)
  • Lower Saxony
    • Goslar
      • Goslar
        • Astfeld
Schnorrer-Köhler, G. (1988): Mineralogische Notizen IV. Der Aufschluss, 39, 153-168.
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
    • Cologne
      • Aachen
        • Stolberg
International Association of Collectors of Slag Minerals, 9 (3), 3-6; Blaß, G. & Graf, H. W. (1995): Neufunde von Schlackenhalden in der nördlichen Eifel (II). Mineralien-Welt, 6 (3), 28-31.
  • Rhineland-Palatinate
    • Rhein-Lahn-Kreis
      • Bad Ems
        • Braubach
Schnorrer-Köhler, G. & David, W. (1991): Die Blei- und Silberhütte Braubach und ihre Haldenminerale. Lapis, 16 (1), 38-49; 58 (in German).
Lapis, 16 (1), 38-53+58.
  • Saxony-Anhalt
    • Mansfeld Basin
      • Eisleben
Collection of Elmar Lackner
  • Karaganda Region
Voloshin, A. V., Pakhomovskiy, Ya. A., Stepanov, V. I., Bulgak, L. V. and Men-shikov, Yu. P. (1988): Gerhardtite, likasite, and spertiniite from the oxidation zone of Dzhezkazgan chalcosite ores; first finds in the USSR. Novye Dannye o Mineralakh SSSR, 35, 40-47. (in Russian) ; Evseev, A. A. (1995) Kazaknstan and Middle Asia. A brief Mineralogical Guide. World of Stone 8:24-30
  • Oshikoto Region
    • Tsumeb
Keller, P. & Innes, J. (1986): "Neue Minerale von Tsumeb." Lapis, 11 (9), 28-32.
  • Arizona
    • Cochise Co.
      • Mule Mts
        • Warren Mining District
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 376; Graeme, R. (1993), Bisbee revisited, Min.Rec.: 24: 421-436.
  • Michigan
    • Houghton Co.
      • Osceola
Mineralogy of Michigan (2004) Heinrich & Robinson
    • Ontonagon Co.
Mineralogy of Michigan (2004) Heinrich & Robinson
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