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About CiriottiiteHide

Marco E. Ciriotti
Crystal System:
Named in honour of Marco Ernesto Ciriotti (b. 1945), Italian mineralogist at the University of Turin and founding member of the Italian Micromineralogical Association, for his longstanding contribution to mineral systematics.
The Cu analogue of sterryite. Ciriottiite can also be described as an expanded derivative of owyheeite. Related to meerschautite.

Classification of CiriottiiteHide

Approval Year:

Physical Properties of CiriottiiteHide

(VHN10) is 203 kg/mm 2 (range 190–219)

Optical Data of CiriottiiteHide

Distinctly with brownish to greenish rotation tints.
471.1. (31.8%. 35.3%.) 548.3. (31.0%. 34.7%) 586.6. (27.9%. 32.5%) 652.3.nmR=33.2. 37.8%

Reflectance graph
Graph shows reflectance levels at different wavelengths (in nm). Top of box is 100%. Peak reflectance is 33.2. 37.8%.
Colour in reflected light:
Light grey (in plane-polarized incident light)
Internal Reflections:

Chemical Properties of CiriottiiteHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of CiriottiiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Cell Parameters:
a = 8.178(2) Å, b = 28.223(6) Å, c = 42.452(5) Å
β = 93.55(2)°
a:b:c = 0.29 : 1 : 1.504
Unit Cell V:
9,779.45 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Space group P21/n.

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
From Type Description.

Type Occurrence of CiriottiiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
As black tubular crystals, up to 150 μm in length and few μm thick.
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Type material is deposited in the mineralogical collections of the Museo di Storia Naturale, Universita` di Firenze, Via La Pira 4, Florence, Italy, catalogue number 3161/I
Geological Setting of Type Material:
The Tavagnasco Pb-Bi-Zn-As-Fe-Cu hydrothermal ore district, Italy.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of CiriottiiteHide

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 CiriottiiteHide

Reference List:
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Bindi, L., Biagioni, C., Martini, B. and Salvetti, A. (2015) Ciriottiite, IMA 2015- 027. CNMNC Newsletter No. 26, August 2015, page 943. Mineralogical Magazine: 79: 941-947.
Bindi L., Biagioni, C., Martini, B., Salvetti, A. (2016) Ciriottiite, Cu(Cu,Ag)3Pb19(Sb,As)22(As2)S56, the Cu-Analogue of Sterryite from the Tavagnasco Mining District, Piedmont, Italy. Minerals: 6: 8.

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Localities for CiriottiiteHide

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.
Italy (TL)
  • Piedmont
    • Torino Province
      • Canavese District
        • Tavagnasco
          • Tavagnasco Mines (Tavagnasco Mine; Liva and Tavagnasco Mines; Tavagnasco mining district)
Bindi L., Biagioni, C., Martini, B. Salvetti, A. (2016): Ciriottiite, Cu(Cu,Ag)3Pb19(Sb,As)22(As2)S56, the Cu-analogue of sterryite from the Tavagnasco mining district, Piedmont, Italy. Minerals, 6 (1), 8, 13 pp.; doi:10.3390/min6010008
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