Euclase

Euclase Alto do Giz pegmatite, Equador, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil Miniature, 4.2 x 2.4 x 2.2 cm “Courtesy of Rob Lavinsky, The Arkenstone, www.iRocks.com”
Chemical Formula: BeAl(SiO4)(OH)
Locality: Orenburg district in the southern Urals, Russia.
Name Origin: From the Greek eu – “well” and klasis – “breaking.”Euclase is a beryllium aluminium hydroxide silicate mineral (BeAl(SiO4)(OH)). It crystallizes in the monoclinic crystal system and is typically massive to fibrous as well as in slender prismatic crystals. It is related to beryl (Be3Al2Si6O18) and other beryllium minerals. It is a product of the decomposition of beryl in pegmatites.Euclase crystals are noted for their blue color, ranging from very pale to dark blue. The mineral may also be colorless, white, or light green. Cleavage is perfect, parallel to the clinopinacoid, and this suggested to René Just Haüy the name euclase, from the Greek εὖ, easily, and κλάσις, fracture. The ready cleavage renders the crystals fragile with a tendency to chip, and thus detracts from its use for personal ornament. When cut it resembles certain kinds of beryl and topaz, from which it may be distinguished by its specific gravity (3.1). Its hardness (7.5) is similar to beryl (7.5 – 8), and a bit less than that of topaz (8).It was first reported in 1792 from the Orenburg district in the southern Urals, Russia, where it is found with topaz and chrysoberyl in the gold-bearing gravels of the Sanarka (nowadays probably, Sakmara River, Mednogorsk district, Orenburgskaya Oblast’). Its type locality is Ouro Prêto, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil, where it occurs with topaz. It is found rarely in the mica-schist of the Rauris in the Austrian Alps.

Physical Properties

Cleavage: {010} Perfect
Color: Blue, Colorless, White, Light blue, Light green.
Density: 2.987 – 3.1, Average = 3.04
Diaphaneity: Transparent to translucent
Fracture: Brittle – Generally displayed by glasses and most non-metallic minerals.
Hardness: 7.5 – Garnet
Luminescence: Non-fluorescent.
Luster: Vitreous (Glassy)
Streak: white

Photos :

Euclase Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil Size: 2.5 x 1.5 x 0.5 cm © danweinrich
EUCLASE Chivor Mine, Boyaca Depart, Colombia, South America Size: 2.4 x 1.5 x 0.8 cm (Miniature) Owner: Kristalle and Crystal Classics
Equador, Borborema mineral province, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil © Joseph A. Freilich
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