Hubnerite (Hübnerite)


This Hübnerite (Mn,W,O) is from Colorado. It’s one of the primary Tungsten ores, and one of the most beautiful among the Wolframite group.

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It usually presents as yellow to red to brown to black crystals, usually found within pegmatites and high-temperature quartz veins alongside cassiterite, scheelite, galena, arsenopyrite, native bismuth, pyrite, and sphalerite. First named Megabasite in 1852 by A. Breithaupt, then changed in 1865 to its current name by Eugene N. Riotte after Friedrich Adolph Hübner, a German mining engineer and metallurgist from Freiberg, Saxony.

It’s found on most Continents in a few hundred recorded localities, with a bunch in Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona, Germany, France, Portugal, Peru, China, and Japan. Within Colorado, you can find it in Boulder, Chaffee, Clear Creek, Dolores, Gunnison, Lake, Montezuma, Ouray, Park, San Juan, San Miguel, Summit, Teller counties. This is a pretty cool specimen when you’re collecting the elements and want some natural Tungsten to compliment your cube…


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