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About TeineiteHide

Cu2+(Te4+O3) · 2H2O
Sky-blue, cobalt-blue, bluish gray; bright blue to greenish blue in transmitted light.
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Named after its discovery locality, Teine Mine, Hokkaido, Japan.
Dimorph of:
This page provides mineralogical data about Teineite.

Classification of TeineiteHide

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

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
J : Arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites; iodates
M : Tellurites without additional anions, with H2O
Dana 7th ed.:

2 : A(XO3)·xH2O

28 : Selenites, Selenates, Tellurites, and Tellurates
3 : Tellurites

Physical Properties of TeineiteHide

Sky-blue, cobalt-blue, bluish gray; bright blue to greenish blue in transmitted light.
Pale blue
2½ on Mohs scale
On {010}, good; on {001} and {100}, poor.
3.8 g/cm3 (Measured)    

Optical Data of TeineiteHide

Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.767 nβ = 1.782 nγ = 1.791
Measured: 36° , Calculated: 74°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.024
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High
X = a = Greenish blue
Y = b = Blue
Z = c = Indigo-blue

Chemical Properties of TeineiteHide

Cu2+(Te4+O3) · 2H2O

Crystallography of TeineiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Cell Parameters:
a = 6.63 Å, b = 9.61 Å, c = 7.43 Å
a:b:c = 0.69 : 1 : 0.773
Unit Cell V:
473.40 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Crystals prismatic [001], also flattened {010} at times. Occurs as crusts and intersecting aggregates.

Type Occurrence of TeineiteHide

Other Language Names for TeineiteHide


Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Graemite3 photos of Teineite associated with Graemite on mindat.org.
Tlalocite2 photos of Teineite associated with Tlalocite on mindat.org.
Quartz2 photos of Teineite associated with Quartz on mindat.org.
Tellurium1 photo of Teineite associated with Tellurium on mindat.org.
Hessite1 photo of Teineite associated with Hessite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

4.JM.05KeystoneiteMg0.5Ni2+Fe3+(Te4+O3)3 · 4.5H2OHex.
4.JM.05KinichiliteMg0.5Mn2+Fe3+(Te4+O3)3 · 4.5H2OHex. 6/m : P63/m
4.JM.05ZemanniteMg0.5ZnFe3+(Te4+O3)3 · 4.5H2OHex. 6/m : P63/m
4.JM.10BlakeiteFe3+2[TeO3]3 (?)
4.JM.10EmmonsiteFe3+2(TeO3)3 · 2H2OTric. 1 : P1
4.JM.15GraemiteCu[TeO3] · H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmma

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide · 2H2OOrth. 2 2 2 : P21 21 21

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

28.3.2RajiteCu(Te4+2O5)Mon. 2/m : P21/b
28.3.3GraemiteCu[TeO3] · H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmma
28.3.6MroseiteCaTe4+(CO3)O2Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbca
28.3.7QuetzalcoatliteZn6Cu3(TeO6)2(OH)6 · AgxPbyClx+2yTrig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
28.3.8ZemanniteMg0.5ZnFe3+(Te4+O3)3 · 4.5H2OHex. 6/m : P63/m
28.3.9KinichiliteMg0.5Mn2+Fe3+(Te4+O3)3 · 4.5H2OHex. 6/m : P63/m
28.3.11SpiroffiteMn2+2Te4+3O8Mon. 2/m : B2/b
28.3.12WinstanleyiteTiTe4+3O8Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Ia3
28.3.15Choloalite(Cu,Sb)3(Pb,Ca)3(TeO3)6ClIso. 4 3 2 : P41 3 2
28.3.16SmirniteBi2Te4+O5Orth. mm2
28.3.17ChekhovichiteBi2Te4+4O11Mon. 2/m
28.3.18Cliffordite(UO2)Te4+3O7Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Pa3
28.3.21EmmonsiteFe3+2(TeO3)3 · 2H2OTric. 1 : P1
28.3.22BlakeiteFe3+2[TeO3]3 (?)
28.3.23MackayiteFe3+(Te4+2O5)(OH)Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/acd
28.3.24PoughiteFe3+2(TeO3)2(SO4)(H2O)2 · H2OOrth.
28.3.25SonoraiteFe3+(TeO3)(OH) · H2OMon.
28.3.26RodalquilariteFe2(TeO2OH)3(TeO3)ClTric. 1 : P1
28.3.27EztlitePb2+2Fe3+3(Te4+ O3)3(SO4)O2ClMon.
28.3.28KeystoneiteMg0.5Ni2+Fe3+(Te4+O3)3 · 4.5H2OHex.

Other InformationHide

Dissolved by HCL rendering a greenish yellow solution; dissolved by HNO3 rendering a blue solution.

Alters to malachite and azurite.
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 TeineiteHide

Reference List:
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Yosimura (1939) Journal of the Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University, series 4, Geology and Mineralogy: 4: 465-470.
Tschermaks Mineralogische und Petrographische Mitteilungen (1977): 24: 287-298.
American Mineralogist (1964): 49: 1481-1485.

Internet Links for TeineiteHide

Localities for TeineiteHide

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.
  • Wallonia
    • Luxembourg
      • Stavelot Massif
        • Vielsalm
          • Salmchâteau
Blondieau, M. (2005): Les gisements minéraux du Salmien dans le massif de Stavelot. Published by M. Blondieau, Tellin, Belgium, 90 pp.
  • Hokkaidō
    • Sapporo
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.
Zemann, A., and Zemann, J. (1960): Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 7, 436-438.; Yosimura, T. (1939): Teineite, a new tellurate mineral from the Teine mine, Hokkaido, Japan. J. Fac. Sci. Hokkaido Univ. IV 4, 465.
  • Shizuoka
    • Shimoda City
      • Rendaiji
Kato (1973) Sakurai Kobutsu Hyohon (Sakurai Mineral Collection), 34.
  • Wakayama prefecture
    • Iwade city
Hori Mineralogy specimens
  • Sonora
    • Mun. de Moctezuma
      • Moctezuma
Lapis 2001(1), 11-40
  • Trøndelag
    • Oppdal
Isbrekke, Kjell Arve (1991):Oppdal-ett mineralparadis ? STEIN 18(4),56-57
  • Khabarovsk Krai
  • Arizona
    • Cochise Co.
      • Mule Mts
        • Warren District
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd. ed.:69
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 238, 389; Williams, S.A. & P. Matter III (1975), Graemite, a new Bisbee mineral, Min.Rec.: 6: 32-34.
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 389; Graeme, R. (1993), Bisbee revisited, Min.Rec.: 24: 421-436.
    • La Paz Co.
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 206; Williams, S.A. & P. Matter, III (1975), Graemite, a new Bisbee mineral, Min.Rec.: 6: 32-34.
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 238; Williams, S.A. & P. Matter, III (1975), Graemite, a new Bisbee mineral, Min.Rec.: 6:32-34.
  • California
    • Mono Co.
      • Bodie Hills
        • Masonic District
          • Masonic Mountain
MarekC collection, 2017
          • New York Hill
In the collection of Brent Thorne. Collected by Dan Evanich.
  • Utah
    • Juab Co.
      • East Tintic Mts
Rick Dalrymple Collection
    • Utah Co.
      • East Tintic Mts
        • East Tintic District
SEM EDS and XRD confirmed by Rob Bowell.
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