Wiluite - Encyclopedia

    Class : Silicates
    Subclass : Sorosilicates
    Crystal system : Tetragonal
    Chemistry : Ca19MgAl4(Al,Mg)8(B,◻)4◻[(SiO4)10]O(O,OH)9
    Rarity : Very rare


Wiluite is isostructural with vesuvianite but unlike the latter contains boron and is associated with wollastonite and olive green grossulars (viluites) in a serpentinized skarn. It is a mineral that was discovered in the 90's and which owes its name to its locality of discovery : the Wilui River in Russia. The wiluite occurs in well-formed truncated parallelepipedic crystals with a dark green or brown to black color, sometimes terminating in pyramid. It is a very rare new mineral and very little known to collectors.

Wiluite in the World

The most beautiful known crystals come from the type locality : the Wilui river (Russia), they measure up to 4 cm, are perfectly formed and floating. Other localities are reported in Canada, China, Czech Republic, Italy and the United States, however no sample photos could be found in the databases... certainly related to the fact that this mineral was only validated in 1997, but it is also relatively difficult to differentiate from vesuvianite without laboratory analyzes (presence of boron).

Wiluite in France

This mineral is not present in the French underground.

Twinning

Wiluite has no twinned crystals known.

Fakes and scams

No scam known for this mineral.



Hardness : 6
Density : 3.6
Fracture : Irregular
Trace : White



TP : Opaque to translucent
RI : 1.721 to 1.725
Birefringence : 0,004
Optical character : Uniaxial +
Pleochroism : Hardly visible
Fluorescence : None


Solubility : Hydrochloric acid

Magnetism : None
Radioactivity : None