Safflorite



Safflorite, a cobalt arsenide mineral of the loellingite group, is an exceedingly rare mineral from Franklin and has not been reported from Sterling Hill. It was first described by Oen et al. (1984) as tiny 0.1 mm crystals at the outermost fringes of the rammelsbergite-safflorite ends of the nickeline dendrites, described in detail under nickeline. Crystals are prismatic, equant, and bright white in reflected light. (Dunn, 1995)

 Location Found: Franklin
     
 
 Year Discovered: 1817
     
 Formula: (Co,Ni,Fe)As2
 Essential Elements: Arsenic, Cobalt
 All Elements in Formula: Arsenic, Cobalt, Iron, Nickel
     
 IMA Status: Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
     
     
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 References:
Dunn, Pete J. (1995). Franklin and Sterling Hill New Jersey: the world's most magnificent mineral deposits. Franklin, NJ.: The Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society. p.552

Frondel, Clifford (1972). The minerals of Franklin and Sterling Hill, a checklist. NY.: John Willey & Sons. p.75


The Picking Table References
 PT Issue and PageDescription / Comment
View IssueV. 31, No. 1 - Spring 1990, pg. 3Breithauptite From The Nickel-Arsenide Assemblage at Franklin, New Jersey, Safflorite (small description)
     
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