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About BerryiteHide

Leonard Gascoigne Berry
Formely considered to be Pb3(Ag,Cu)5Bi7S16.
Bluish-grey, white, grey-white.
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Named in honor of Leonard Gascoigne Berry (1914-1982), Canadian mineralogist, Professor of Mineralogy and Crystallography at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (1945-1979), who first investigated the mineral from the Swedish type locality (TL2), in 1939. Berry was the founding editor of Canadian Mineralogist (1957-1975).
An orthorhombic polytypic variant has been postulated (Topa et al., 2006).

Structurally related to litochlebite and watkinsonite.

Visually similar to emplectite and several other sulphosalts.

Classification of BerryiteHide


2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
H : Sulfosalts of SnS archetype
B : With Cu, Ag, Fe, Sn and Pb

6 : 2 < ø < 2.49

5 : Sulphosalts - Sulpharsenites and Sulphobismuthites (those containing Sn, Ge,or V are in Section 6)
7 : Sulpharsenites etc. of Pb and other metals

Physical Properties of BerryiteHide

Bluish-grey, white, grey-white.
3½ on Mohs scale
VHN100=131 - 152 kg/mm2 - Vickers
6.7 g/cm3 (Measured)    6.83 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of BerryiteHide

Distinct to strong; from gray-white to red-brown and green
Colour in reflected light:
White to gray white

Chemical Properties of BerryiteHide


Formely considered to be Pb3(Ag,Cu)5Bi7S16.

Crystallography of BerryiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 12.703(3) Å, b = 4.0305(7) Å, c = 28.925(5) Å
β = 102.484(2)°
a:b:c = 3.152 : 1 : 7.177
Unit Cell V:
1,445.93 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Lath-like aggregates and crystals.
Formerly (Nuffield & Harris, 1966) the following unit cell was assumed: a = 12.72, b = 4.02, c = 58.07 Å, β = 102.6°.

Type Occurrence of BerryiteHide

Synonyms of BerryiteHide

Other Language Names for BerryiteHide

Simplified Chinese:板硫铋铜铅矿

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Chalcopyrite3 photos of Berryite associated with Chalcopyrite on mindat.org.
Quartz2 photos of Berryite associated with Quartz on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

2.HB.Carducciite(Ag2Sb2)Pb12(As,Sb)16S40Mon. 2/m : P21/b
2.HB.05aAikinitePbCuBiS3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
2.HB.05aFriedrichitePb5Cu5Bi7S18Orth. mm2
2.HB.05aGladitePbCuBi5S9Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
2.HB.05cJaskólskiiteCuxPb2+x(Sb,Bi)2-xS5 (x ~ 0.15)Orth.
2.HB.05aLindströmitePb3Cu3Bi7S15Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
2.HB.05bMeneghinitePb13CuSb7S24Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
2.HB.05aEmilitePb2.7Cu2.7Bi5.3S12Orth. mm2
2.HB.05aSalzburgitePb1.6Cu1.6Bi6.4S12Orth. mm2
2.HB.05aPaaritePb1.7Cu1.7Bi6.3S12Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
2.HB.10cEclarite(Cu,Fe)Pb9Bi12S28Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
2.HB.10bGiessenitePb27Cu2(Bi,Sb)19S57Mon. 2/m
2.HB.10aKobellitePb22Cu4(Bi,Sb)30S69Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm
2.HB.10aTintinaitePb22Cu4(Sb,Bi)30S69Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm
2.HB.15BenavidesitePb4MnSb6S14Mon. 2/m : P21/b
2.HB.15JamesonitePb4FeSb6S14Mon. 2/m : P21/b
2.HB.20aNagyágite[Pb3(Pb,Sb)3S6](Au,Te)3Mon. 2/m : P21/m
2.HB.20cMuseumite[Pb2(Pb,Sb)2S8][(Te,Au)2]Mon. 2
2.HB.20eLitochlebiteAg2PbBi4Se8Mon. 2/m : P21/m

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

5.7.1SeligmannitePbCuAsS3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmmn
5.7.2BournonitePbCuSbS3Orth. mm2 : Pmn21
5.7.3MeneghinitePb13CuSb7S24Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
5.7.4GladitePbCuBi5S9Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
5.7.5LindströmitePb3Cu3Bi7S15Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
5.7.8FriedrichitePb5Cu5Bi7S18Orth. mm2
5.7.9AikinitePbCuBiS3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
5.7.11JaskólskiiteCuxPb2+x(Sb,Bi)2-xS5 (x ~ 0.15)Orth.
5.7.12TintinaitePb22Cu4(Sb,Bi)30S69Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm
5.7.13KobellitePb22Cu4(Bi,Sb)30S69Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm
5.7.14ProuditeCuPb7.5Bi9.33(S,Se)22Mon. 2/m : B2/m
5.7.19Eclarite(Cu,Fe)Pb9Bi12S28Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
5.7.20MarriteAgPbAsS3Mon. 2/m : P21/b
5.7.21ArgentobaumhaueriteAg1.5Pb22As33.5S72Tric. 1 : P1
5.7.22AndoriteAgPbSb3S6Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
5.7.23RamdohritePb5.9Fe0.1Mn0.1In0.1Cd0.2Ag2.8Sb10.8S24Mon. 2/m
5.7.27FizélyiteAg5Pb14Sb21S48 Mon. 2/m
5.7.28OwyheeiteAg3+xPb10-2xSb11+xS28, -0.13 < x > +0.20Mon. 2/m : P21/b
5.7.29FreieslebeniteAgPbSbS3Mon. 2/m : P21/b
5.7.30DiaphoriteAg3Pb2Sb3S8Mon. 2/m : P21/b
5.7.31SterryiteCu(Ag,Cu)3Pb19(Sb,As)22(As-As)S56Mon. 2/m
5.7.32VikingiteAg5Pb8Bi13S30Mon. 2/m : B2/m
5.7.34SchirmeritePbAgBi3S6 - Pb3Ag1.5Bi3.5S9Orth.
5.7.36GustaviteAgPbBi3S6Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
5.7.39BenjaminiteAg3Bi7S12Mon. 2/m : B2/m
5.7.40Lengenbachite Ag4Cu2Pb18As12S39Tric.
5.7.44CupropavoniteCu0.9Ag0.5Pb0.6Bi2.5S5 Mon. 2/m : B2/m
5.7.47RathiteAg2Pb12-xTlx/2As18+x/2S40Mon. 2/m : P21/b
5.7.48HatchiteAgTlPbAs2S5Tric. 1 : P1

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 BerryiteHide

Reference List:
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Nuffield, E.W. & Harris, D.C. (1966): Studies of the mineral sulpho-salts: XX - Berryite, a new species. Canadian Mineralogist 8, 407-413.
Topa, D., Makovicky, E., Putz., H. and Mumme, W.G. (2006): The crystal structure of berryite, Cu3Ag2Pb3Bi7S16. Can. Mineral. 44, 465-480.

Internet Links for BerryiteHide

Localities for BerryiteHide

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.
  • Catamarca
    • Andalgalá Department
Hubert, P., Werner, H., & Dan, T. (2009). A contribution to the knowledge of the mineralization at Mina Capillitas, Catamarca. Revista de la Asociacion Geologica Argentina, 64(3), 514-524.
  • San Juan
    • Caucete department
      • La Huerta Range
        • Marayes mining district
The Canadian Mineralogist; February 2009; v. 47; no. 1; p. 129-141
  • Potosí
    • Sud Lípez Province
      • Cerro Bonete
  • Balkan Mts (Stara Planina)
http://www.bgd.bg/summanual_2003_5.htm; Mladenova, V., Kerestedjian, T., & Dimitrova, D. (2001). Ag-Cu-Pb-Bi mineralization from the Svishti Plaz gold deposit, Central Balkan Mountain, Bulgaria. Geochem. Mineral. Petrol, 38, 55-66.
  • Burgas Oblast (Bourgas Oblast)
    • Burgas Obshtina
      • Burgas
Kolkovski B, Bogdanov , Borodaev Y, Naidenova E, Eskenazi G. (2003): Bismuth mineralization in the Vurli Bryag deposit, Burgas ore district. Ann Sof. Univ., 95, 1-xx (in Bulgarian).
  • British Columbia
    • Omenica Mining Division
Handbook of Mineralogy
Hood, C. T., Sinclair, A. J., & Leitch, C. H. (1991). British Columbia Geological Survey Geological Fieldwork 1991.
  • Jiangsu
    • Nanjing
      • Jiangning District
Xiangping, G., Watanabe, M., Ohkawa, M., Hoshino, K., Shibata, Y., and Desong, C. (2001): Canadian Mineralogist 39(6), 1641-1652.
  • Shaanxi
    • Weinan
      • Tongguan Co.
Enkui Cao (1991): Geology Laboratory 7(5), 300-307
  • Shandong
    • Binzhou
      • Zouping Co.
Licheng Tang (1989): Shandong Geological Information 1989(4), 15-21; Pingfu Li and Shurong Yuan (1991): Geology and Prospecting 27(1), 7-12
  • Greenland
    • Sermersooq
      • Arsuk Fjord
        • Ivittuut (Ivigtut)
Karup-Møller, S. (1977). Mineralogy of some Ag-(Cu)-Pb-Bi sulphide associations. Bulletin Geological Society Denmark, 26, 41-68.
  • Grand Est
    • Haut-Rhin
      • Ste Marie-aux-Mines (Markirch)
Hartmut Hensel collection, Neustadt/Wstr., SXRD analysis by Prof. Luca Bindi, Firenze
          • Chrétien Vein
Hartmut Hensel collection, Neustadt/Wstr., SXRD analysis by Prof. Luca Bindi, Firenze
          • Sankt Jakob vein
Hartmut Hensel collection, Neustadt/Wstr., SXRD analysis by Prof. Luca Bindi, Firenze
  • Baden-Württemberg
    • Black Forest
      • Bad Rippoldsau
K. Walenta: "Die Mineralien des Schwarzwaldes", Weise (Munich), 1992
      • Gengenbach
        • Haigerach valley
Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", 2001
      • Schapbach
        • Wildschapbach valley
J. Gröbner: Neufunde von der Grube Katharina im Wildschapbach, Der Erzgräber 18 (2/2004), 34-37.
    • Ortenaukreis
      • Wolfach
        • Oberwolfach
          • Rankach valley
Walenta, K. (1992): Die Mineralien des Schwarzwaldes. Chr. Weise Verlag, München, 336 pp. (in German); Blaß, G. & Graf, H. W. (1997): Neufunde von bekannten Fundorten (19. Folge). - Mineralien-Welt, 8 (5), 32-36; WALENTA, K. (1995): Neue Mineralfunde von der Grube Clara. 6. Folge, 1. Teil. - Lapis 20 (5), 33-38; Topa, D., Makovicky, E., Putz., H. and Mumme, W.G. (2006): The crystal structure of berryite, Cu3Ag2Pb3Bi7S16. Can. Mineral. 44, 465-480.
  • South Khorasan
    • Nehbandan
Karimpour, M.H., Zaw, K., and Huston, D.L. (2005): Journal of Sciences, Islamic Republic of Iran 16(2), 153-168.
  • Trøndelag
    • Trondheim
      • Bymarka
Selbekk R.S. (2010): Norges mineraler. En revidert utgave av Norges mineraler (Neumann 1985). Tapir-NGU-NHM. 552p
  • Lower Silesia
    • Kamienna Góra
      • Kamienna góra commune
        • Rędziny
Gołębiowska B., Pieczka A., Parafiniuk J. 2006: Cu(Ag)-Pb-Bi(Sb) sulphosalts from Rędziny (Western Sudetes, Poland). Mineralogia Polonica - Special Papers, vol. 28, 78-80; Pieczka, A., Gołębiowska, B., & Parafiniuk, J. (2011). Gold in sulfide-telluride assemblages at Rędziny, Rudawy Janowickie Range. Gold in Poland, AM Monograph, (2), 119-134.
  • Vila Real
    • Boticas
      • Bobadela
Mercedes Fuertes-Fuente, Antonia Cepedal, Alexandre Lima, Armanda Dória, Maria dos Anjos Ribeiro, Alexandra Guedes (2016): The Au-bearing vein system of the Limarinho deposit (northern Portugal): Genetic constraints from Bi-chalcogenides and Bi–Pb–Ag sulfosalts, fluid inclusions and stable isotopes. Ore Geology Reviews 72, 213-231.
  • Bihor
    • Nucet
www.minerals-of-the carpathians.eu (2009)
  • Caraş-Severin
    • Banat Mts
      • Ocna de Fier-Dognecea District
Cook, N. J., & Ciobanu, C. L. (2003). Cervelleite, Ag4TeS, from three localities in Romania, substitution of Cu, and the occurrence of the associated phase, Ag2Cu2TeS. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie-Monatshefte, 2003(7), 321-336.
  • Maramureș
    • Băiuț
Mitt. .Österr. Miner. Ges. 143 (1998); Cook, N. J. Mineralogisches Institut der Universität Würzburg Am Hubland, D-97074 Würzburg Lecture to the Austrian Mineralogical Society 23 rd June 1997 in Salzburg.
    • Borşa (Baia Borşa; Borsa)
Handbook of Mineralogy
Mitt. .Österr. Miner. Ges. 143 (1998)
  • Primorsky Krai
    • Malinovsky cluster
Gvozdev, V. I., Fedoseev, D. G., Gurikov, A. V., Sadkin, S. I., Semenyak, B. I., & Ratkin, V. V. (2014). Mineralogy of accompanying elements in the ores of the Kordonnoe skarn scheelite-sulfide deposit in Primorsky Krai. Russian Journal of Pacific Geology, 8(3), 200-212.
  • Sverdlovsk Oblast
    • Tur'insk-Auerbakovsk ore field
Murzin, V. V., & Sazonov, V. N. (1999). Gold-Bearing Mineral Assemblages in the Copper and Iron Skarn Deposits of the Tur'insk-Auerbakhovsk Ore Field and Their Formation Condition (the Urals, Russia). Geology of Ore Deposits C/C of Geologiia Rudnykh Mestorozhdenii, 41, 308-321.
Murzin, V. V., & Sazonov, V. N. (1999). Gold-Bearing Mineral Assemblages in the Copper and Iron Skarn Deposits of the Tur'insk-Auerbakhovsk Ore Field and Their Formation Condition (the Urals, Russia). Geology of Ore Deposits C/C of Geologiia Rudnykh Mestorozhdenii, 41, 308-321.
  • Zabaykalsky Krai
    • Chitinskaya Oblast
Kovalenker, V. A., Kiseleva, G. D., Krylova, T. L., & Andreeva, O. V. (2011). Mineralogy and ore formation conditions of the Bugdaya Au-bearing W-Mo porphyry deposit, eastern Transbaikal region, Russia. Geology of Ore Deposits, 53(2), 93-125.
  • Banská Bystrica Region
Ďuďa R.,Kotuľak P., Káňa R., 1993: Bergbau und Mineralien von Banská Štiavnica (Schemnitz), Slowakei. Emser Hefte, 14, 3, 1-70, Haltern
    • Žarnovica Co.
      • Hodruša-Hámre (Hodritsch)
Jeleň, S., Pršek, J., Kovalenker, V. A., Topa, D., Sejkora, J., Števko, M., & Ozdín, D. (2012). Bismuth Sulfosalts Of The Cuprobismutite, Pavonite And Aikinite Series From The Rozália Mine, Hodruša–Hámre, Slovakia. The Canadian Mineralogist, 50(2), 325-340.
  • Košice Region
    • Trebišov Co.
Kaličiak, M., Ďuďa, R., 1996: Geolgický vývoj, stavba a metalogenéza neovulkanitov na Východnom Slovensku. Manuskript, Archív Geofond, Bratislava, 83p
Sweden (TL)
  • Värmland
    • Filipstad
NUFFIELD, E.W. & HARRIS, D.C. (1966): Studies of the mineral sulpho-salts: XX - Berryite, a new species. Canadian Mineralogist 8, 407-413.
  • Sughd
    • Adrasman
Evseev, A. A. (1995) Kazaknstan and Middle Asia. A brief Mineralogical Guide. World of Stone 8:24-30
      • Karamazar Mts
        • East Karamazar ore district
Bortnikov, N.S., Kovalenker, V.A., Safonov, Yu.G., Troneva, N.V., Laputina, I.P., Razdolina, N.V. (1985): Paragenetic associations and conditions of formation of Ag-Cu-Pb-Bi-sulfosalts in the Kanimansur ore field. Izvestiya Akad. Nauk SSSR, Ser. Geol. 1985(9): 65-75 (in Russian); in: Jambor, J.L., Grew, E.S., Puziewicz, J., Vanko, D.A. (1988): New mineral Names. American Mineralogist: 73: 443
Handbook of Mineralogy
Kovalenker, V. A., Safonov, Y. G., Naumov, V. B., & Rusinov, V. L. (1997). The Epithermal Gold-Telluride Kochbulak Deposit. Geology of Ore Deposits C/C of Geologiia Rudnykh Mestorozhdenii, 39, 107-128.
Tindle, A.G. (2008) Minerals of Britian and Ireland
    • Highland
      • Loch Shin
Lowry, D., Stephens, W. E., Herd, D. A., & Stanley, C. J. (1994). Bismuth sulphosalts within quartz veining hosted by the Loch Shin monzogranite, Scotland. Mineralogical Magazine, 58(390), 39-48.
  • Zakarpattia Oblast
    • Berehivskyi Raion
      • Berehove
Biruk, S., & Skakun, L. (2012). Bismuth minerals of the Beregovo ore field: mineral assemblages and spatial zonation (Transcarpathian, Ukraine). Geological Quarterly, 44(1), 39-46.
  • Colorado
    • Clear Creek Co.
      • Montezuma (Summit Co.)
        • Cinnamon Gulch
Minerals of Colorado (1997) Eckel, E. B.
    • Park Co.
      • Montezuma District
        • Hall Valley (Hall's Valley)
Minerals of Colorado (1997) Eckel, E. B.
    • San Juan Co.
Minerals of Colorado (1997) Eckel, E. B.
    • Summit Co.
Minerals of Colorado (1997) Eckel, E. B.
  • Missouri
    • Madison Co.
      • Fredericktown District
R&M 73:2 pp 98-117
  • Nevada
    • Nye Co.
      • Toquima Range
        • Round Mountain District
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