Miniature, 4.7 x 4.3 x 3.5 cm
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Western-Siberian Region, Russia

Mined in December of 2010, in the last really great cuprite pocket, this was a miner's holdback specimen and has just come to market. This large and extremely impressive cuprite cluster features sharp, lustrous octahedrons, with good luster and a slight translucence. It is colored a deep red with vibrant luster, strongly red when backlit (as shown, an extreme shot with a torch on it). Although complete on the display face, and all around, there is contact on the bottom face. It is very 3-dimensional. This stands upright and 3-dimensionally instead of in flat-laying plates, as most do. It is a superb miniature, of high quality. Based on current production here (and this mine is almost through its oxidation zone where these form), I do not anticipate more of this style. The new material at Tucson 2012 was of a different, in my opinion uglier, style.

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