• Chemistry: Fe2(TeO3)3 - 2H2O, Hydrated Iron Tellurite
  • Class: Sulfates
  • Subclass: Tellurites
  • Uses: A very minor ore of tellurium and as mineral specimens.
  • Specimens

Emmonsite, which has been known as "durdenite", is one of only a handful of tellurium minerals. It forms small crystals that can make attractive green micromountable specimens. The type locality of Tombstone, Arizona is probably in doubt as the sample is believed to have actually been the mineral rodalquilarite. Subsequent sample from nearby have produced samples of actual emmonsite however.


  • Color is a yellowish green.
  • Luster is vitreous to dull.
  • Transparency: Crystals are translucent to transparent.
  • Crystal System is triclinic; bar 1.
  • Crystal Habits include small flaky or prismatic crystals as well as mamillary and compact masses.
  • Cleavage is perfect in one direction.
  • Hardness is 5.
  • Specific Gravity is approximately 4.5 - 4.7 (rather heavy for translucent minerals).
  • Streak is pale green.
  • Associated Minerals include various other tellurium minerals such rodalquilarite, mackayite, schmitterite and other tellurates and tellurites Also associated with native tellurium, quartz and cerussite.
  • Notable Occurrences are limited to the Moctezuma Mine, Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico; the type locality of Tombstone, Arizona; Cripple Creek, Colorado; Nevada and New Mexico, USA and Honduras.
  • Best Field Indicators are locality, color, density and cleavage.
EMMONSITE specimens:
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EMMONSITE specimen emm-1
$ 30.00
Dims:1.6x1.2x0.7" (4.1x3.0x1.8 cm)
Wt: 0.5oz. (13g)
Candelaria Mine, Mexico
One end of this specimen has a thin crust of emmonsite. No crystals can be seen. Other minerals in the matrix include pyrite and quartz. There is only a tiny amount of the rare hydrous iron tellurium oxide, emmonsite. There is no damage to this specimen.
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emm-1 ($ 30.00)
Candelaria Mine, Mexico


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