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Samsonite_(mineral)

Sulfosalt mineral

Samsonite is a silver sulfosalt Sb crystal system with a typical slender radiating prismatic habit. It is metallic black to steel black with no cleavage and a brittle to conchoidal fracture. In thin fragments it appears reddish brown in transmitted light and also leaves a red streak. It is soft, Mohs hardness of 5.51.

It was first named in 1910 after an occurrence in the Samson Vein of the Sankt Andreasberg silver mines, Harz Mountains.

Identification

Color of mineral

Black

Luster ( interacts light )

Metallic

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Monoclinic