Wolframite is one of the most highly sought after collector minerals. Good specimens of the tungsten ore
wolframite are hard to find. It is mined mostly in quartz veins and areas with granite intrusions. It is heavy and has
the ability to conduct heat. Wolframite is made up of iron, manganese, and tungsten oxide. It occurs as tabular or
bladed crystals. Its color ranges from a lighter grey to a deep black, and its luster is sub-metallic.
Wolframite is the intermediate between ferberite and hübnerite. Along with scheelite, the wolframite series are
the most important tungsten ore minerals. Wolframite is not classified as an individual mineral species by the
IMA. It is universally recognized as the wolframite mineral series, with the minerals Huebnerite (Manganese rich)
and Ferberite (iron rich) being its end members. Wolframite sits closer to the middle of the series, as its
manganese and iron content are generally more equal. Wolframite is named for its tungsten content (wolfram
means tungsten in German) Ref. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/german-english/wolfram
Associated minerals include cassiterite, scheelite, bismuth, quartz, pyrite, galena, sphalerite, and arsenopyrite.
This mineral was historically found in Europe in Bohemia, Saxony, and Cornwall.
|Item # 1WOLFRAM12199833
Wolframite in Quartz
Here's an excellent multi crystal formation of wolframite in quartz. There are
many wolframite black crystals including one very large one that covers most
of one side. This piece is from the Mosedale Quarry, Mungrisdale, Eden,
Cumbria, England UK. ex:Brandy Gill collection. We procured this specimen
from a mineral dealer at the Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show, Spruce
Pine, NC in 2017
specimen weighs 3.7 oz or 0.23 lbs (105g)
and measures 2.5 x 1.6 x 1.5 inches (6.5 x 4 x 3.9 cm)