Chemical Formula: Pb9As4S15
Locality: In the Excelsior mine, Cerro de Pasco, Peru, in large crystals.
Name Origin: For Louis Carly Graton (1880-1970), Professor of Economic Geology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Gratonite is a lead-arsenic sulfosalt mineral, with the chemical composition Pb9As4S15. Gratonite was discovered in 1939 at the Excelsior Mine, Cerro de Pasco, Peru. It is named in honor of geologist L. C. Graton (1880–1970), who had a long-standing association with the Cerro de Pasco mines.
Color: Lead gray, Dark lead gray.
Fracture: Brittle – Generally displayed by glasses and most non-metallic minerals.
Hardness: 2.5 – Finger Nail