Cuprite With Silver
Miniature, 4.8 x 2.8 x 2.0 cm
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Western-Siberian Region, Russia
Aesthetically perched high up on smaller cuprite crystals is a slightly flattened octahedron of splendent, dark red cuprite measuring 3 cm in length. The large crystal is also doubly terminated and complete all around except for a very tiny small contact point on one back edge. The piece is extremely elegant, as far as these go, and displays well. The lower half of the specimen hosts felt-like mats of native silver, in small dendritic crystals growing amongst the cuprite crevasses (a highly unusual association, as a bonus!)
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