Mineral description : Wagnerite

Orange to brownish wagnerite grains in kyanite with quartz and pyrite.
From Hålsjöberg, Sweden.
(Acquired at Kopparberg).

Mineral class Phosphates : Apatite group
Chemical formula (Mg,Fe)2(PO4)F
Crystal system Monoclinic.
Habitus Platy or tabular crystals, most commonly massive or as grainy aggregates.
Cleavage Imperfect in {100} and {120}, fracture uneven, subconchoidal to splintery.
Hardness 5.5
Density 3.15
Color Gray, white, pink, greenish, yellow, red or orange.
Streak White.
Luster Vitreous, translucent.
Description A rare phosphate mineral in Scandinavia but once mined in Norway for use as fertiliser.
Associates Apatite, other phosphates.
Notes Named in 1821 after F. M. von Wagner (1768-1851), a German mining official.
Type locality : Höllengraben, Werfen, Salzburg, Austria.
An old norwegian name is "kjerulfin".
Localities A rare mineral in Scandinavia.

Sweden :

  • Hålsjöberg, Värmland. As orange to reddish brown grains in kyanite quartzite together with apatite.

Norway :

  • Ødegårdens verk, Bamble. As massive dark green to brown aggregates up to fist size in apatite.

Finland : No known localities.

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