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Mimetite is a lead arsenate chloride, and a member of the apatite supergroup (Pasero et al., 2010). Beudant (1832) proposed the name mimètese for this mineral using the Greek mimetes for imitator, as mimetite mimicks pyromorphite. Later, Haidinger (1845) altered the mineral name to the modern mimetite, which matches the nomenclature of other species.

This specimen is a curious aggregate of yellow mimetite crystals, attempting to build a hoppered crystal, but diverging somewhat into a fan. This piece comes out of the collection of Gene Wright (1931-2008), a Tucson based collector specializing in calcite, and minerals from Arizona and Mexico.

Price: $225

Item code: MS1695

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