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A naturally occurring ruby crystal
Category Mineral variety
(repeating unit)
aluminium oxide with chromium, Al2O3:Cr
Color Red, may be brownish, purplish or pinkish
Crystal habit Varies with locality. Terminated tabular hexagonal prisms.
Crystal system Trigonal (Hexagonal Scalenohedral) Symbol (-3 2/m) Space Group: R-3c
Cleavage No true cleavage
Fracture Uneven or conchoidal
Mohs scale hardness 9.0
Luster Vitreous
Streak white
Diaphaneity transparent
Specific gravity 4.0
Refractive index nω=1.768 - 1.772 nε=1.760 - 1.763, Birefringence 0.008
Pleochroism Orangey red, purplish red
Ultraviolet fluorescence red under longwave
Melting point 2044 °C
Solubility none
Major varieties
Sapphire Any color except red
Corundum various colors
Emery Granular
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Field Explanation Example
name IMA mineral name (if there is another common name, put it in parentheses) Baryte (Barite)
image Wikimedia Commons image filename (to go at top) Epidoto.jpeg
alt alt text for image, for visually impaired readers; see WP:ALT Agglomeration of dark cylindrical crystals
caption image caption Epidote crystals
category broad group then subgroup then sub-subgroup (if applicable) template does not auto-link Sulfate minerals, Barite group
formula chemical formula repeating unit of an alloy, a polymer, a crystal structure, a chain, or a network
strunz Nickel-Strunz classification of the mineral 09.BG.05 (8. Aufl. VIII/C.23-020)
dana Dana classification of the mineral
symmetry Hermann–Mauguin notation of the mineral's symmetry element
unit cell Unit cell dimensions and number (Z) of formula units per unit cell
molweight molar mass of the chemical formula
color common colors of the mineral
colour same as above, but for British pages
habit common mineral habit
system crystal system (cubic, etc)
twinning common type of twinning
cleavage type of cleavage
fracture type of fracture
tenacity resistance to breakage
mohs hardness of mineral on Mohs hardness scale
luster way the mineral reflects light, see luster
lustre same as above, but for British pages
streak see streak
diaphaneity transparency of mineral
gravity specific gravity
density density at STP in g/cm3
refractive refractive index of mineral
birefringence birefringence of a 30micron thin section
pleochroism see pleochroism
2V 2V angle
dispersion see dispersion
extinction extinction angle (e.g., parallel, inclined, angle)
length fast/slow length fast or length slow
fluorescence see fluorescence
absorption see absorption
melt melting point of mineral
fusibility fusibility of mineral
diagnostic key way to recognize mineral
solubility solubility of mineral in water at STP
alteration alteration products
references use the wikipedia template:ref to cite References supporting the properties to be added at that line using <ref>...</ref> tag notation. Individual items can be tagged separately if needed.