Inesite is part of the triclinic crystal system. It typically has pink spindly crystals that radiate out in fan like clusters. The mineral gets its name from the Greek word for “flesh fibers” due to its appearance. It is a late-stage hydrothermal mineral found in manganese deposits.
- Optical Properties
- Characteristic Physical Properties
- Chemistry & Crystallography
Strength: Weak Fire
Aggregate (AGG), Anomalous Double Refraction (ADR)
hydrous calcium manganese silicate
Ca2Mn7 2+ Si10O28(OH)2 . 5H2O
Countries of Origin
Romania; Hungary; Japan; United States of America; Spain; New Zealand; Sweden; Unknown; China; Italy; Mexico; South Africa; Slovakia; Australia; Germany; Indonesia
Inesite is brittle so care needs to be taken with specimens. It weathers to pale brown.