Cuadros et al. (2019) used a wide range of data from dioctahedral and trioctahedral Fe3+-bearing, 2:1 phyllosilicates to propose a model describing how tetrahedral occupancy by Fe3+ takes place in both dioctahedral and trioctahedral 2:1 phyllosilicates. The partition coefficient approach (Decarreau and Petit 2014) focusing on the distribution of Al3+ and Fe3+ between octahedral and tetrahedral sites of dioctahedral smectites has been disregarded in the study of Cuadros et al. (2019). This approach was applied here on the set of data from Cuadros et al. (2019). The partition coefficient value linked to the distribution of Al3+ and Fe3+ between octahedral and tetrahedral sites determined from natural and synthetic dioctahedral smectites applies well to trioctahedral phyllosilicates too. Data from synthetic iron-rich 2:1 smectites also fit well with both Cuadros et al. (2019) and Decarreau and Petit (2014) models.