Copper, Cuprite
Small Cabinet, 6.0 x 4.5 x 1.2 cm
Chino Mine (Santa Rita Pit; Santa Rita Mine), Santa Rita, Santa Rita District, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA
Santa Rita is a today a ghost town. In its day, it was a great copper locality, having been mined all the way back to 1803 - its original name was Santa Rita del Cobre (Santa Rita of the Copper). So, there is no telling from which period this specimen came. It is a branching, dendritic crystallized specimen with small crystals of deep red cuprite richly ranged along its branches. Ex. Dave Stoudt Collection.