It named in 1866 by Charles Friedel french chemist and mineralogist for Gilbert Joseph Adam french mineral collector (wealthy consultant of the french Ministry of Finance), who discovered this rare mineral. Mostly is hat got intense yellowish green colour, but with more copper it is green (cuprian adamite), with cobalt it is pink-purple coloured (cobaltian adamite). It can be found in long, tabular, grainy, tressy, orbish turnouts. Usually it is secondary mineral in oxidized zones of zincmetal but it occurs in hidrothermal zones too. Localities: Charnacillo-Chile, Laurion-Greece, Cap Garonne-France, Ojuela Mine-Mapimí-Mexico, Tsumeb-Namibia etc.