Cuprite With Silver
Miniature, 3.5 x 2.1 x 1.9 cm
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Western-Siberian Region, Russia
With crystals growing out on all sides, much like a stalactite, this complete-all-around floater specimen displays from any angle, and both vertical and horizontal. It has metallic octahedrons of dark red cuprite, to 1 cm in length. The silvery spots you see are just that -native silver, micro-crystallized in some cracks and crevasses amongst the cuprite (and more visible in person as it is hard to photo both the luster and the depth at same time). A highly unusual association!
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