Silver Crystals on Copper Circle
Cabinet, 11.5 x 7.5 x 5.5 cm
Kearsarge Lode, Houghton County, Michigan, USA

This unusual specimen is uniquely aesthetic in my experience. It is a ring, or loop, of native copper (both crystals and massive copper), on which sit little "apples" of silver - rounded crystals of silver, perched in amongst the copper "branches" as they rise. I admit it looks fake at first but here you have it: at the top of the copper loop, right where the two sides would come together, a crystallized rosette of silver crystals is perched. That cluster is 3.4 cm tall and has crystals to 2 cm within it, shooting out from a common core. To continue the tree analogy, its like an orchid sprouting from the crook of a tree. The piece is just bizarrely sculptural, dramatic, and interesting. I have never seen a combo quite like it. From an old collection we got into, recently. Comes with custom lucite base. Joe Budd photos