The primary associated species, neptunite and joaquinite, are attractive and highly desirable as well.
It is popular for its lovely pale to dark cornflower-blue to sapphire-blue color (some crystals are actually colorless), and is accompanied by an interesting suite of associated minerals including lustrous black-red neptunite and honey-brown joaquinite.
Following his return to Berkeley he described and named the new mineral species benitoite (1907, 1909) and also the associated new species joaquinite (based in part on a crystal given to him by mineral dealer Robert M.
Relationship to other species: A member of the joaquinite group.
Name: For the relationship to other members of the joaquinite group.
2001) Redefinition of a mineral in the joaquinite group: orthojoaquinite-(La).