Phenacite, or phenakite, is the mineral form of beryllium silicate (Be2SiO4). It is an orthosilicate
mineral found in pegmatities and high-temperature
veins. Phenacite has hexagonal system rhombohedral crystals and is either colorless
or glassy white, yellow, red or brown in color. It is sometimes used as
a gem. Hardness 7.5–8; relative density 3.
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