|Interesting Erythrite Crystals from Spain . Juan Miguel Segura’s Photo|
Colour: Crimson to peach red, ...
Hardness: 1½ - 2½
Member of: Vivianite Group
Name: Named in 1832 by Francois Sulpice Beaudant From the Greek έρυθρος for red.
Incredible Erythrite from Aghbar Mine, Bou Azzer, Morocco.
Erythrite crystallizes in the monoclinic system and forms prismatic crystals. The color is crimson to pink and occurs as a secondary coating known as cobalt bloom on cobalt arsenide minerals. Well-formed crystals are rare, with most of the mineral manifesting in crusts or small reniform aggregates.
Erythrite occurs as a secondary mineral in the oxide zone of Co–Ni–As bearing mineral deposits. It occurs in association with cobaltite, skutterudite, symplesite, roselite-beta, scorodite, pharmacosiderite, adamite, morenosite, retgersite, and malachite.