About Mimetite

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  • Mineralogy and geology*
  • Metaphysical, Spiritual and Healing** Properties***
  • Common Associations


Mineralogy and Geology of Mimetite

Mineral formula: Pb5(AsO4)3Cl

Mineral group: member of the Apatite group

Crystal system: hexagonal

Crystal habit: often simple, barrel-shaped prisms; also equant, rarely tabular, or pyramidal. Also globular, stalactitic, reniform and granular.

Cleavage: poor / indistinct

Fracture: irregular/uneven

Color: pale yellow to orange yellow, green, white, colorless

Luster: sub-adamantine, resinous

Diaphaneity: transparent, translucent

Moh’s scale hardness: 3 ½ - 4

Streak: white

Specific gravity: 7.24

Named after: from the Greek μϊμητής for "imitator," in allusion to its resemblance to pyromorphite, in 1835, by François Sulpice Beudant

Type locality: Treue Freundschaft Mine, Johanngeorgenstadt, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony, Germany

Geological occurrence: a secondary mineral found in the oxidized zones of lead mineral deposits, and in other settings where lead and arsenic occur together.

Spiritual, Metaphysical and Healing Properties

Based on its name (same root as “mimic”), mimetite is held to alleviate the tendency to copy or imitate another person, thus providing an energy of independence. Other associations for mimetite include protection, soothing, and enhancing one’s spirit of adventure.

Common Associations

  • Numerology - vibrates to the number 4
  • Zodiac – Capricorn
  • Birthstone – no traditional associations
  • Wedding Anniversary – no traditional associations


* Mineralogical information is from mindat.org

** Always consult with your medical professional for any physical or long-term healing issues.

*** Metaphysical properties come from: 

Love Is in the Earth (1995) Melody, Earth-Love Publishing House, 726 pp.

The Crystal Bible, A Definitive Guide to Crystals (2003) Judy Hall, Walking Stick Press, 399 pp.

Crystal Muse (2017) Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro, Hay House, 285 pp.

Crystal Gridwork (2018) Kiera Fogg, Weiser Books, 128 pp.