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About PolyxeneHide

4 - 4½
Specific Gravity:
15 - 19
From the Greek πολύς - many, and κευός - strangers, in allusion to complex composition of the mineral containing a lot of PGE and other metals besides of platinum.
A variety of Platinum

Disordered Fe-Pt alloys with a primitive cubic unit cell. It may to contain Fe in the range 10-50 at.%. Ferroan platinum differs from Isoferroplatinum and Tetraferroplatinum by the symmetry of its unit cell.
Described by Hausman in 1813 from Colombia.

Physical Properties of PolyxeneHide

4 - 4½ on Mohs scale
Irregular/Uneven, Hackly
15 - 19 g/cm3 (Measured)    

Chemical Properties of PolyxeneHide


Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
4 photos of Polyxene associated with SperrylitePtAs2
3 photos of Polyxene associated with Hollingworthite(Rh,Pt,Pd)AsS
2 photos of Polyxene associated with Hollingworthite-Irarsite Series

Other InformationHide

Strong magnetic to distinctly magnetic
Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.
Industrial Uses:
important source of platinum and other PGE

Internet Links for PolyxeneHide

Localities for PolyxeneHide

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.
  • British Columbia
    • Similkameen Mining Division
      • Tulameen River
Alfredo Petrov, SEM/EDS results October 2018.
  • Oromia Region
    • Gimbi
      • Yubdo District (Joubdo District; Youbdo District; Joubda District)
Pavel M. Kartashov analytical data (2014)
  • Amur Oblast
Mel’nikov, A. V., Moiseenko, V. G., Stepanov, V. A., & Yusupov, D. V. (2012, January). New data on platinum-metal mineralization of mafic-ultramafic massifs in the Dambuki ore district (Far East, Russia). In Doklady Earth Sciences (Vol. 442, No. 1, pp. 13-16). MAIK Nauka/Interperiodica.
  • Sverdlovsk Oblast
    • Ivdel
Pavel M. Kartashov analytical data of 2017
    • Nizhnii Tagil
Pavel M. Kartashov analytical data, 2018
  • Alaska
    • Bethel Census Area
Pavel M. Kartashov analytical data 2019
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