The Mineral Shattuckite

shattuckite mineral

The mineral Shattuckite is found as copper silicate hydroxide. Its crystals have an orthorhombic – dipyramidal arrangement. Its huge granular variety is found as fibrous acicular crystals. Its appearance and structure is closely linked to Plancheite.

Chemical Formula
Cu5 (SiO3) 4 (OH) 2

Derivation of Name
The mineral gets its name from copper Shattuck Mine of Bisbee, Arizona, where it got discovered initially in 1915.

Occurrence
This secondary mineral is formed as a result of modification of other minerals. Following malachite, it forms pseudomorph at the said mine. Pseudomorph is a mineral having the outward appearance of another mineral that it has, replaced by chemical action, but with slight modification of the external outline of the original crystal.

Sources
Though initially discovered at the Shattuck mine, this mineral was subsequently revealed in many other places in Austria, Britain, Congo, Norway, Germany and the USA plus South Africa and Namibia. It is frequently found along with wide ranging minerals.

Gemology
Shattuckite happens to be a powerful stone of psychic communication. It is known to help the development of intuition, psychic visions, psychic knowing, channelizing and automatic writing, all beginning from a state of utter truth. This stone enables one to have better communication with the spiritual world because it intensifies the vibrations of your relationships. Once you accept the blame for your past actions, it facilitates healing of relationships. It reinforces your capacity to love and honestly speak the truth.

Mineralogy
Sporadically, Shattuckite is formed inside quartz crystals, beneath their topmost layer. This produces arresting blue configuration of quartz, at times with dazzling blue druses. Some varieties of this stone are polished with the intent of fully exploiting its color effect, particularly the variety found with Malachite, having a greenish blue color.

Color Banded
It comes in bright blue, dark blue, turquoise blue color. At times it has stripes of concentric formations

Hardness
Mohs Scale hardness is 3.5

Specific Gravity
4.1

Transparency
Translucent

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