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Dr. Robert Lavinsky
Named by H. Yang, R.T. Downs, S.H. Evans, and W.W. Pinch in 2014 in honor of Robert Matthew Lavinsky (13 December 1972, Columbus, Ohio, USA - ), mineral collector and dealer.
Isotypic with plancheite. The formerly approved "liguriaite", thought to be a polymorph, is now regarded as the 1M polytype of lavinskyite.

Classification of Lavinskyite

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Chemical Properties of Lavinskyite

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Crystallography of Lavinskyite

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Class (H-M)
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Unit Cell Volume (calc):
Monoclinic Orthorhombic 
2/m - Prismatic 
a = 10.224(2) Å, b = 19.085(4) Å, c = 5.252(1) Å
γ = 92.23(3)°
a = 19.046(3) Å, b = 20.377(2) Å, c = 5.2497(6) Å
α = 90°, β = 90°, γ = 90°
a:b:c = 0.536 : 1 : 0.275a:b:c = 0.935 : 1 : 0.258
V 0.00 ų
(Calculated from Unit Cell)
V 2037.4 ų
X-Ray Powder Diffraction Data:

Type Occurrence of Lavinskyite

General Appearance of Type Material:
Light blue plates, associated with wesselsite and scottyite.
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Mineral Museum of the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA, catalogue number 19335

Other Names for Lavinskyite

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Other Information

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 Lavinskyite

Reference List:
Yang, H., Downs, R.T., Evans, S.H., Pinch, W.W. Origlieri, M.J. (2012) Scottyite, IMA 2012-027. CNMNC Newsletter No. 14, October 2012, page 1284; Mineralogical Magazine, 76, 1281-1288.

Yang, H., Downs, R.T., Evans, S.H., Pinch, W.W. (2014) Lavinskyite, K(LiCu)Cu6(Si4O11)2(OH)4, isotypic with planchéite, a new mineral from the Wessels mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, South Africa. American Mineralogist: 99: 525-530.

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Localities for Lavinskyite

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.
(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
  • Liguria
    • La Spezia Province
      • Vara Valley
        • Borghetto Vara
analysed by Dr. Anthony Kampf, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, USA
South Africa (TL)
  • Northern Cape Province
    • Kalahari manganese field
      • Hotazel; Yang, H., Downs, R.T., Evans, S.H., Pinch, W.W. (2014): Lavinskyite, K(LiCu)Cu6(Si4O11)2(OH)4, isotypic with planchéite, a new mineral from the Wessels mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, South Africa. American Mineralogist, 99, 525-530.
      • Kuruman
        • N'Chwaning Mines
Label from Kalahari Minerals.
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