Small Cabinet, 6.8 x 1.2 x 0.9 cm
Itauz Mine, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan

This locality has, in rare spurts, put out some of the finest copper specimens of the last few decades. This particular piece is unusual for its look of being a concatenated chain of super sharp and 3-dimensional copper crystals stacked one on top of another. I love how the stack has sharp untwinned crystals right to the top an dthen the final summit is a spinel twinned copper, like a crooked star on top of a Christmas tree in appearance. The overall look of the piece is just, very sharp an ddistinct from the normal styles here. 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). ex Ed David collection by exchange to me. Joe Budd photos