Molybdenite on Quartz from Kingsgate NSW
Back in the day, it was thought that Molybdenite was Graphite or a lead ore. Molybdenite occurs in lustrous, metallic-looking crystals that can be easily moved and bent out of shape. I could easily bend this specimen into a different shape if I wanted to. It has perfect cleavage in one direction and is often flaky, allowing thin crystals to be “peeled” similar to the micas, this means careful handling is a must.
I acquired this specimen from Greg at Blue Gems at the 2013 Central Coast Gem Festival.
Chemical Formula: MoS2
ID #: JG0017
Colour: Silver, lead-gray, bluish lead-gray
Hardness: 1 – 1.5
Acquisition Date: 12/10/2013
Crystal System: Hexagonal
Dimensions: 49mm x 33mm x 24mm
Location: Kingsgate, NSW Australia
Rarity of Mineral