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Hopeite with Hemimorphite

Hopeite is a hydrous zinc phosphate, originally described from Belgium (Brewster, 1826). The mineral name honors Thomas Charles Hope (1766–1844), professor at the University of Edinburgh. The mineral remained an esoteric rarity until Spencer (1908) reported its second occurrence at Broken Hill. In the March-April 2019 issue of Rocks and Mineral Magazine, Southwood et al. (2019) provide a modern review of Broken Hill mineralogy.

This specimen consists of limestone matrix covered in botryoidal hemimorphite, later hopeite. The hopeite crystals reach 5 mm on this piece, and are essentially white and translucent.

Price: $100

Item code: MS1395

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