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Named in 1867 by Charles U. Shepard. A similar material, from the same occurrence as cymatolite (boulders on the Barrus Farm, Goshen, Massachusetts), was named Aglaite by A. Julien in 1877, but cymatolite has precedence and is the common name used today. Cymatolite was originally listed as a variety equivalent to Pihlite.
A somewhat lamellar to parallel fibrous, usually white replacement of Spodumene by a mixture of Muscovite and Albite.

Classification of Cymatolite

Physical Properties of Cymatolite

Silky, Pearly, Dull
breaks along curved planes rich in muscovite
Irregular/Uneven, Splintery, Fibrous, Micaceous

Other Names for Cymatolite

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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 Cymatolite

Reference List:
Dana, J. and Brush, G., 1868, A System of Mineralogy, John Wiley & Son, New York, p. 455-456 (cited private communication with the namer, Charles U. Shepard)

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Localities for Cymatolite

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.
  • Western Australia
    • Ravensthorpe Shire
M. Jacobson, M Calderwood, B Grguric; Pegmatites of Western Australia; (Perth 2007)
Calderwood, M.A., Grguric, B.A., Jacobson, M.I., (2007) Guidebook to the Pegmatites of Western Australia. Hesperian Press, Carlisle, Western Australia.
  • Arizona
    • Yavapai Co.
London, D. and Burt, D., 1982, Alteration of spodumene, Montebrasite and Lithiophilite in Pegmatites of the White Picacho District, Arizona, American Mineralogist, v 67, p. 97-113.
        • Independence Gulch
London, D. and Burt, D., 1982, Alteration of spodumene, Montebrasite and Lithiophilite in Pegmatites of the White Picacho District, Arizona, American Mineralogist, v 67, p. 97-113
  • Connecticut
    • Fairfield Co.
      • Bethel
Januzzi, 1976. Mineral Localities of CT and Southeastern NY State, p.25.
      • Redding (Reading)
        • Branchville
Brush and Dana (1880); Shainin, V., 1946, The Branchville Pegmatite, American Mineralogist, v. 31, p. 329-345.; USGS Prof Paper 255; Rocks & Minerals (1995) 70:396-409
  • Maine
    • Oxford Co.
      • Newry
Van King
      • Peru
Dick Dionne
  • Massachusetts
    • Hampshire Co.
      • Chesterfield
Emerson, B. K. (1895). A Mineralogical Lexicon of Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties, Massachusetts, p.158.
      • Goshen
[Clark, 1993 - "Hey's Mineral Index, 3rd Edition"]
  • New Hampshire
    • Grafton Co.
      • Grafton
Morrill, P. , 1960, New Hampshite Mines and Minerals Localities.
    • Strafford Co.
      • Strafford
        • Parker Mountain
Morrill, P. , 1960, New Hampshite Mines and Minerals Localities.; Rocks & Minerals 80:4 pp234-241; USGS Prof Paper 255
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