Formula:Cu2-xSe (x is approximately 0.12)
Selenide, paramorph of bellidoite, berzelianite-umangite group, forms a complete solid-solution series with cubic, high-temperature digenite. Selenium-bearing mineral (Mindat).
Specific gravity: 6.71
Colour: Silver-white, shiny lead-grey; easily tarnishes iridescent blue-grey
Common impurities: Ag,Tl
Berzelianite occurs with other selenides in hydrothermal veinlets in
dolostone (Webmin). Associated minerals include
marcasite and calcite
At Lake Athabaska, North West Territories, Canada, berzelianite occurs as blebs and veinlets in calcite gangue associated with umangite and chalcocite (AM 35.337-364).
At Clausthal, Lower Saxony, Germany, berzelianite occurs with other selenides in hydrothermal veinlets in dolostone (HOM).
At Lerbach, Lower Saxony, Germany, berzelianite occurs in iron ores (HOM).
At the type locality, the Skrikerum Mine, Valdemarsvik, Östergötland County, Sweden, berzelianite occurs with other selenides in calcite veins in serpentine (HOM, AM 35.337-364).
At Redjang-Lebong, Sumatra, berzelianite occurs in a gold - quartz - orthoclase deposit (HOM).
At Urora, Nevada, USA, berzelianite is disseminated in a highly weathered siliceous gangue associated with native gold and lead (AM 35.337-364).
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