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Chlorite (inclusions in Quartz)
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Chlorite in Quartz

Chlorite is named from the Greek word chloros meaning green, its typical color.

Discovery year unknown; IMA status: Not Valid (not an individual mineral species; a group name)





Chemical Formula:

The general formula for the Chlorite Group may be stated as:
A5-6T4Z18, where A = Al, Fe2+, Fe3+, Li, Mg, Mn, or Ni, while T = Al, Fe3+, Si, or a combination of them, and Z = O and/or OH




Mineral Classification:

Silicates (Germanates)

Strunz 8th Ed. ID:


Nickel-Strunz 10th Ed. ID:



9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
E : Phyllosilicates
C : Phyllosilicates with mica sheets, composed of tetrahedral and octahedral nets

Related to:

Chlorite Group.

Members of Group:

Chlorite Group: Baileychlore, Borocookeite, Chamosite, Clinochlore, Cookeite, Corundophilite, Donbassite, Franklinfurnaceite, Nimite, Orthochamosite, Pennantite, Sudoite 


Landscape Quartz, Lodolite



Crystal Data




Monoclinic - Prismatic






Geological Setting:

Hydrothermal alteration product of amphibole, pyroxene and biotite.

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Chlorite Mineral Photos and Locations



More Information




Chlorite is not recognized by the
IMA as an individual mineral species but is the name of a group of minerals, the Chlorite Group. So the term Chlorite is often used to denote any member of the Chlorite Group when differentiation between the different members is not possible. The Chlorite Group of minerals is a group of mostly monoclinic micaceous phyllosilicate minerals that includes Amesite, Chamosite, Clinochlore (Kämmererite and Seraphinite) and Cookeite among others. The most common species in the Chlorite Group are Clinochlore and Chamosite. Chlorite is named from the Greek word chloros for green, referring to it’s typical color.

Chlorites are often known to gem collectors as green inclusions in Quartz and are particularly interesting when they form as a coating on a crystal early in its development. As the crystal later grows larger, ie. out and around the Chlorite coating, the effect produces a phantomed crystal. The interior "crystal" is often indistinct or ghostly and thus the name phantom. Chlorite inclusions also frequently appear to resemble miniature plant growths or underwater coral scenes and may be referred to as "landscape" Quartz. In these gems the green Chlorite inclusions are often joined by reddish to pink Montmorillonite inclusions and/or bright yellow or red Rutile inclusions to create very interesting and aesthetic "scenes".


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