Adamite is a favorite among collectors of fluorescent minerals because of its consistent bright green fluorescence under short wave and long wave UV light. It also makes a wonderful mineral specimen in normal daylight or artificial light. The typical yellow to green color of its high luster Adamite crystals that form on top of normal brick red-orange limonite matrix make these specimens really attractive.
Adamite is a Zinc Arsenate Hydroxide mineral. It is a mineral that typically occurs in the oxidized or weathered zone above zinc ore occurrences. Pure Adamite is colorless, but usually it possesses a yellow color due to Iron mixed in the mineral structure. A green color may also occur and is due to copper mixed in the mineral structure. The yellow to green colored crystals with their distinctive lime green fluorescence make Adamite a favorite among mineral collectors. Adamite is found in Mapimi, Mexico; Greece; in the USA in California and Utah. Adamite occurs as a secondary mineral in the oxidized zone of zinc and arsenic bearing hydrothermal mineral deposits. It occurs in association with Smithsonite, Hemimorphite, Olivenite, Calcite, Quartz, Iron and Manganese oxides.
Item # ADM07103221
Personal Collection Adamite Crystals on Limonite matrix from Mapimi, Mexico
Here's an excellent Large display specimen of Adamite from our Personal Collection. This piece has an attractive group of sharp yellow Adamite crystals on red brown Limonite matrix. The Adamite crystals have a nice vitreous luster. This is an old stock 1950's specimen we obtained from the James Smedley Collection "Mineral Museum" in Follansbee, WV. The price we have set on this piece is about 1/3 of its retail value. Comes with mineral tag from Mineral Museum and SpiritRock Shop Card. Last Photo shows fluorescent view under 13W Way-Too-Cool SW Ultra Violet light.
This specimen weighs 18.9 oz or 1.18 lbs (537g) and measures 4.8 x 2.9 x 2.2 inches (12.3 x 7.5 x 5.5 cm)