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Mineral formula: PbCu(SO4)(OH)2

Mineral group: member of the Linarite-Chenite group

Crystal system: monoclinic

Crystal habit: Crystals thin to thick tabular {101} and {001}, also elongated parallel to [010]; usually found as small to microscopic clusters or crusts.

Cleavage: Perfect on {100}; on {001}, imperfect.

Fracture: conchoidal

Color: deep azure blue

Luster: sub-adamantine, vitreous

Diaphaneity: translucent to transparent

Moh’s scale hardness: 2 ½

Streak: pale blue

Specific gravity: 5.35

Named after: the type locality, Linares, Linares-La Carolina District, Jaén, Andalusia, Spain in 1839 by Ernst Friedrich Glocker. 

Type locality: Linares, Jaen, Andalusia, Spain

Geological occurrence: An uncommon secondary mineral found in the oxidation zone of lead mineral deposits.

Energetic properties: According to Melody*, linarite stimulates the third eye chakra, facilitating astral travel. It also promotes heart-based communication when angry. It brings joy, helping to say “yes” to that which brings joy (and “no” to that which doesn’t).

*Melody (2008) Love is in the Earth, the Crystal & Mineral Encyclopedia. Earth Love Publishing, 976 pp.