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Bright crimson-red, bright yellow to orange.
Specific Gravity:
Named in 1904 by William Frederick Petterd in honor of Mr. W. R. Bell, of Tasmania, Australia. Palache et al. (1951) reported the crystallographic similarity to mimetite and that chemical testing "indicated little or no Cr" and concluded that bellite was "identical or near mimetite". Nickel and Hitchen (1993) investigated bellite from Petterd's mineral collection and found that it was a low chromium content mimetite. Cesbron and Williams (1980) synthesized a pure equivalent of chromium-dominant mimetite and called their product "bellite".
A variety of Mimetite

Initially thought to be a supposed arsenate-chromate of lead associated with crocoite and mimetite (Magnet Mine, Tasmania). An uncredited chemical analysis mentioned in passing suggested a mixture of crocoite, mimetite and quartz. It has also been suggested to be a 10:1 mixture of cerussite and crocoite. Discredited in 1993 and stated to be a chromian mimetite.

Note: "Bellite" samples from La Compania mine, Chile, and La Poderosa, Sierra Gorda, Chile, also are Cr-bearing mimetite (Uwe Kolitsch, unpublished results).

Originally reported from Magnet Mine, Magnet, Waratah district, Tasmania, Australia.

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Classification of BelliteHide


Physical Properties of BelliteHide

Transparent, Translucent
Bright crimson-red, bright yellow to orange.
2½ on Mohs scale
5.5 g/cm3 (Measured)    

Chemical Properties of BelliteHide


Other Language Names for BelliteHide


Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Diaboleite2 photos of Bellite associated with Diaboleite on
Quartz2 photos of Bellite associated with Quartz on
Wulfenite2 photos of Bellite associated with Wulfenite on
Pseudoboleite2 photos of Bellite associated with Pseudoboleite on

Fluorescence of BelliteHide

Not fluorescent in UV

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 BelliteHide

Reference List:
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Petterd, W.F. (1904) Notes on Tasmanian Minerals, Tasmania (published privately).
Petterd, W.F. (1910) Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania. 221 pp., Hobart.
Larsen, E.S. (1921) The Microscopic Determination of the Nonopaque Minerals, First edition, USGS Bulletin 679: 45.
Palache, C., Berman, H., and Frondel, C. (1951) The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged, 1124 pp.: 895.
Cesbron, F. and Williams, S.A. (1980) Bulletin de Minéralogie, v. 103, p. 469-477.
Nickel, E.H. and Hitchen, G.J. (1993) 'Bellite' Revisited. Mineralogical Magazine: 57: 538-540.
Burke, E.A.J. (2006) A mass discreditation of GQN minerals. The Canadian Mineralogist: 44(6): 1557-1560.

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Localities for BelliteHide

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- 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.
  • Tasmania
    • Waratah-Wynyard municipality
      • Waratah district
        • Magnet
[Clark, 1993 - "Hey's Mineral Index", p65]
  • Antofagasta Region
    • Antofagasta Province
      • Sierra Gorda District
        • Caracoles
Uwe Kolitsch, unpubl. results
Uwe Kolitsch, unpubl. results
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