Copper (Spinel Twin)
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 2.0 x 1.0 cm
Itauz Mine, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan
Ex. Ken Roberts
This locality has, in rare spurts, put out some of the finest copper specimens of the last few decades. This particular piece stands WAY above the crowd of normal size and quality, in that it is very robust and fat. It has a natural oxidation patina to it, and has not been cleaned to disturb that subtly graded reddish-brown look (which many copper collectors love). This is one of a very few pieces that came out around 2006 at the Tucson show of that year, and were quickly gobbled up by collectors. I have not seen another from that find, very distinct for the patina as well as the size and robustness compared to other finds, show up since. This one was long held in the private collection of a retired dealer who was in Tucson early that year and was able to snag it before the market caught up. Joe Budd photos