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Bustamite (pink) with galena (grey) from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia. Specimen size 3.7 cm.
Category Inosilicate
(repeating unit)
Strunz classification 9.DG.05 (10 ed)
8/F.18.40 (8 ed)
Dana classification
Crystal system Triclinic
Crystal class Pinacoidal 1
(same H-M symbol)
Space group I1
Color Light pink to brownish red Pink color fades on exposure to sunlight
Crystal habit Usually tabular or equant to prismatic; commonly massive, often compact and fibrous
Twinning Rare. Simple twins with (110) as the composition plane
Cleavage {100} perfect; {110} and {110} good; {010} poor
Mohs scale hardness 5.5 to 6.5
Luster Vitreous
Streak White
Diaphaneity Translucent to transparent
Specific gravity 3.32 to 3.43 (observed) 3.40 (calculated)
Optical properties Biaxial (-), 2V=34° to 60°
Refractive index nα = 1.640 - 1.695, nβ = 1.651 - 1.708, nγ = 1.653 - 1.710[2]
Birefringence δ = 0.013 - 0.015
Dispersion r < v weak to strong
Pleochroism Weak, X and Z orange, Y rose
Solubility Partly soluble in HCl.[2]
Other characteristics Specimens from the Franklin Mine are fluorescent red in longwave ultraviolet light.[3] Not radioactive
References [4][5][6][7]

Bustamite is a calcium manganese inosilicate (chain silicate) and a member of the wollastonite group. Magnesium, zinc and iron are common impurities substituting for manganese. Bustamite is the high-temperature polymorph of CaMnSi2O6 and johannsenite is the low temperature polymorph. The inversion takes place at 830 °C (1,530 °F), but may be very slow.[2]
Bustamite could be confused with light-colored rhodonite or pyroxmangite, but both these minerals are biaxial (+) whereas bustamite is biaxial (-).

Cell parameters[edit]

There is considerable variety in the literature about the size and type of the unit cell, the formula to be used, and the value of Z, the number of formula units per unit cell.

Bustamite is a triclinic mineral, which could be described by a primitive unit cell, but the larger A-centered cell is often preferred, in order to facilitate comparison with the similar mineral wollastonite.[8]

The formula for bustamite is CaMn(SiO3)2[1] but it is sometimes written (Ca,Mn)SiO3, and changing the formula in this way will change the value of Z. The structure is chains of SiO4 tetraheda with repeat unit of three tetrahedra, unlike the pyroxenes where the repeat unit is two.[9] Ca++ and Mn++ are positioned between the chains. There are 12 tetrahedra in the A-centered unit cell.[8]

The unit cell, the formula and Z cannot be taken separately; they are interlinked and form a consistent set of values. In this article we adopt the A-centred unit cell (space group A1) with a = 7.736 Å, b = 7.157 Å and c = 13.824 Å, the formula CaMn(SO3)2 and Z = 6. Deer et al.[2] take the formula as (Mn,Ca,Fe)[SiO3] so their value of Z is doubled to 12. Mindat[6] apparently gives the lattice parameters for a face-centred cell,[8] although they give the space group as P1.

Type locality[edit]

The type locality was originally taken as Tetela de Jonotla, Puebla, Mexico, and the mineral was named for General Anastasio Bustamante (1780–1853), three times President of Mexico. The material from Puebla, however, was later found to be a mixture of johannsenite and rhodonite,[9] so the type locality is now the Franklin Mine, Franklin, Sussex County, New Jersey, US.[6]

Both bustamite and johansennite are found at Franklin.[3] Bustamite is moderately common there and occurs in a variety of assemblages, associated with rhodonite and tephroite, calcite and tephroite or glaucochroite and tephroite. Vesuvianite, wollastonite, garnet, diopside, willemite, johannsenite, margarosanite and clinohedrite also may be present.


Bustamite typically results from metamorphism of manganese-bearing sediments, with attendant metasomatism. At the (new) type locality, Franklin, the oldest rocks are Precambrian gneisses of mixed sedimentary and volcanic origin. Franklin Marble was deposited within these rocks, along with sediments containing zinc, manganese and iron minerals. These sediments were metamorphosed later in the Precambrian, then the rocks were uplifted from the late Precambrian into the Cambrian and quartzite was deposited on the eroded surface. In Cambrian-Ordovician time the quartzite was in turn overlain by limestone, and the rocks have been subject to uplift and erosion up to the present time.[10]


  1. ^ a b http://rruff.info/ima
  2. ^ a b c d Deer, W A, Howie, R A and Zussman, J (1978) Rock-Forming Minerals, 2nd edition, Volume 2A, pages 574-585
  3. ^ a b http://franklin-sterlinghill.com/dunn/ch17/bustamite.stm
  4. ^ Mineralienatlas
  5. ^ http://www.webmineral.com/data/Bustamite.shtml
  6. ^ a b c http://www.mindat.org/min-809.html Mindat.org
  7. ^ http://rruff.geo.arizona.edu/doclib/hom/bustamite.pdf Handbook of Mineralogy
  8. ^ a b c Peacor and Prewitt (1963) The American Mineralogist volume 48 pages 588 to 596
  9. ^ a b Dana's New Mineralogy Eighth Edition, Wiley
  10. ^ Drake, A A (1990) The regional geologic setting of the Franklin-Sterling Hill district. Symposium on the character and origin of the Franklin-Sterling Hill orebodies, Proceedings, pp. 14-31, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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