Cuprite With Silver
Small Cabinet, 8.8 x 6.3 x 3.8 cm
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Western-Siberian Region, Russia

Perhaps a hundred interconnected, splendent and metallic octahedra of deep red cuprite, to 1.2 cm in length, cover all sides of this specimen. Contact is present where it grew from a larger matrix, and inconsequential, on only one slender side - the piece being complete all around otherwise. Both ends of the piece feature well-terminated crystals. The whole specimen is LOADED with finely crystallized mesh-like dendrites of native silver, crawling out of almost every crevasse (in the photos, these crystal groupings easily look like dirt or attached matrix, but in person they have a distinct silvery gray hue to them and contrast more readily). Overall, large, rich, and a dramatic combination piece