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About PrismatineHide

6½ - 7
Crystal System:
for the prismatic form of the crystals

Classification of PrismatineHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)

9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
B : Sorosilicates
J : Sorosilicates with Si3O10, Si4O11, etc. anions; cations in octahedral [6] and greater coordination

Physical Properties of PrismatineHide

6½ - 7 on Mohs scale

Optical Data of PrismatineHide

Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.669 - 1.671 nβ = 1.681 - 1.830 nγ = 1.682 - 1.684
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.013
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
r > v strong

Chemical Properties of PrismatineHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of PrismatineHide

Crystal System:

Type Occurrence of PrismatineHide

Other Language Names for PrismatineHide


Relationship of Prismatine to other SpeciesHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
8 photos of Prismatine associated with SillimaniteAl2(SiO4)O
5 photos of Prismatine associated with QuartzSiO2
5 photos of Prismatine associated with BiotiteK(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
5 photos of Prismatine associated with AlmandineFe2+3Al2(SiO4)3
5 photos of Prismatine associated with PyriteFeS2
2 photos of Prismatine associated with TalcMg3Si4O10(OH)2
1 photo of Prismatine associated with RubyAl2O3

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

9.BJ.ArsenmedaiteMn2+6 As5+Si5O18(OH)Mon.
9.BJ.05OrientiteCa8Mn3+10(SiO4)3(Si3O10)3(OH)10 · 4H2O Orth.
9.BJ.15TrabzoniteCa4(Si3O9)(OH)2Orth. mm2 : Ama2
9.BJ.25TiragalloiteMn2+4As5+Si3O12(OH)Mon. 2/m
9.BJ.35RuiziteCa2Mn3+2[Si4O11(OH)2](OH)2·2H2OMon. 2
9.BJ.40Ardennite-(As)Mn2+4Al4(AlMg)(AsO4)(SiO4)2(Si3O10)(OH)6Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
9.BJ.40Ardennite-(V)Mn2+4Al4(AlMg)(VO4)(SiO4)2(Si3O10)(OH)6Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmmn
9.BJ.50KornerupineMg3Al6(Si,Al,B)5O21(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
9.BJ.55ZunyiteAl13Si5O20(OH,F)18ClIso. 4 3m : F4 3m
9.BJ.60HubeiteCa2Mn2+Fe3+[HSi4O13] · 2H2OTric.
9.BJ.65Cassagnaite(Ca,Mn2+)4(Fe3+,Mn3+,Al)4(V3+,Mg,Al)2(Si3O10)(SiO4)2(OH,O)8Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmcm

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 PrismatineHide

Reference List:
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Sauer, A. (1886) Über eine eigentümliche Granulitart als Muttergestein zweier neuer Mineralspecies). Zeitschrift der Deutschen Geologischen Gesellschaft 38, 704-705.
Gossner, B. and Mussgnug, F. (1928) Neues Jahrb. Min., ABt. A, Beil-Bd: 58: 227.
Cooper, M.A., Hawthorne, F.C., and Grew, E.S. (2009) The crystal chemistry of the kornerupite-prismatine series. I. Crystal structure and site population. Canadian Mineralogist, 47, 233-262.
Cooper, M.A., Hawthorne, F.C., Grew, E.S., Kyser, T.K., and Rossman, G.R. (2009) The crystal chemistry of the kornerupite-prismatine series. II. The role of hydrogen. Canadian Mineralogist, 47 Canadian Mineralogist, 47, 263-274.
Hawthorne, F.C., Cooper, M.A., and Grew, E.S. (2009) The crystal chemistry of the kornerupite-prismatine series. III. Chemical relations. Canadian Mineralogist, 47, 275-296.
Cooper, M.A. and Hawthorne, F.C. (2009) The crystal chemistry of the kornerupine-prismatine series. IV. Complete chemical formulae from electron-microprobe data and X-ray powder diffraction. Canadian Mineralogist, 47, 297-302.
Cooper, M.A., Hawthorne, F.C., and Grew, E.S. (2009) The crystal chemistry of the kornerupite-prismatine series. V. The site of beryllium in kornerupine. Canadian Mineralogist, 47, 303-314.

Internet Links for PrismatineHide

Localities for PrismatineHide

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.
  • Eastern Antarctica
    • Princess Elizabeth Land
      • Ingrid Christensen Coast
        • Prydz Bay
Can Min 41, (2), 2003, 393-411; Wadokski, E. R. Grew, E.S. & Yates, M.G. (2011): Compositional evolution of tourmaline-supergroup minerals from granitic pegmatites in the Larsemann Hills, East Antartica. Canadian Mineralogist. 49: 382-405; Maas, R., Grew, E. S., & Carson, C. J. (2015). Isotopic Constraints (Pb, Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd) on the Sources of Early Cambrian Pegmatites with Boron and Beryllium Minerals in the Larsemann Hills, Prydz Bay, Antarctica. The Canadian Mineralogist, 53:249-272
            • Stornes Peninsula
Grew, E.S., Armbruster, T., Medenbach, O., Yates, M.G., Carson, C.J. (2006): Tassieite, (Na,◻)Ca2(Mg,Fe2+,Fe3+)2(Fe3+,Mg)2(Fe2+,Mg)2(PO4)6•2H2O, a hydrothermal wicksite-group mineral in fluorapatite nodules from granulite-facies paragneiss in the Larsemann Hills, Prydz Bay, East Antarctica. Canadian Mineralogist, 45, 293-305(2007).
  • Québec
    • Outaouais
      • La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau RCM
        • Lac-Sainte-Marie (Lac Ste Marie)
personal comm. Dr. E. Grew - L. Horvath; pers. comm. Dr. E. Grew - L. Horvath
Germany (TL)
  • Saxony
    • Mittelsachsen
      • Waldheim
Sauer, A. (1886) Über eine eigentümliche Granulitart als Muttergestein zweier neuer Mineralspecies. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Geologischen Gesellschaft 38, 704-705.; De Villiers, J.E. (1940) Iron-rich kornerupine from Port Shepstone, Natal. Mineralogical Magazine, vol. 25, n° 169, 550-556 (contains an analysis of "kornerupine var. prismatine" from Waldheim).; Grew, E.S., Cooper, M.A., and Hawthorne, F.C. (1996) Prismatine: Revalidation for boron-rich compositions in the kornerupine group. Mineralogical Magazine, vol. 60, n° 400, 483-491.
  • Košice Region
    • Rožňava Co.
Pauliš P., Ďuďa R., 2002:Nejznámejší mineralogická nalezište Slovenska. Kuttna, Kutná Hora, 136p
  • Gävleborg County
    • Nordanstig
      • Hassela
Jonsson, E. (1996): The first occurrence of a kornerupine-group mineral in Sweden; prismatine from Stakholmen, Hälsingland. GFF 118: A52-A53; Grew, E.S., Pertsev, N.N., Vrána, S., Yates, M.G., Shearer, C.K., and Wiedenbeck, M. (1998): Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 131, 22-38.
  • Gorno-Badakhshan
    • Pyandzh River Valley
      • Kukh-i-Lal (Kukhilal; Kuhi-lal)
Grew, E.S., Pertsev, N.N., Vrána, S., Yates, M.G., Shearer, C.K., and Wiedenbeck, M. (1998): Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 131, 22-38.
  • New Jersey
    • Morris Co.
      • Jefferson Township
        • Tierneys Corner
http://library.iem.ac.ru/can-min/vol33/cm6/young.html; Canadian Mineralogist: 33(6): 1255-1262. ; Young, Davis, 1995,Kornerupine-group Minerals in Grenville-Facies Paragneiss, Reading Prong, New Jersey, The Canadian Mineralogist, v. 33, p. 1255-1262.
  • New York
    • Lewis Co.
      • Lyonsdale
Darling, R.S., Florence, F.P., Lester, G.W., and Whitney, P.R., 2004, Petrogenesis of prismatine-bearing, metapelitic gneisses along the Moose River, west-central Adirondacks, New York: in Tollo, R.P., Corriveau, L. McLelland, J., and Bartholomew, M.J., eds., Proterozoic tectonic evolution of the Grenville orogen in North America: Boulder Colorado, Geological Society of America Memoir 197, p. 325-336. George Robinson & Steven Chamberlain (2007) Gazetteer of major New York State mineral localities. Rocks & Minerals, 82, #6, 472-483.
  • Mashonaland West
    • Karoi District (Urungwe; Hurungwe District)
Grew, E. S., Yates, M. G., Shearer, C. K., & Wiedenbeck, M. (1997). Werdingite from the Urungwe district, Zimbabwe. Mineralogical Magazine, 61(5), 713-718.
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