Copper (Twinned)
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 2.0 x 1.1 cm
Itauz Mine, Dzezkazghan, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan
This locality has, in rare spurts, put out some of the finest copper specimens of the last few decades. This specimen is a remarkable single, floater crystal of HUGE size for the locality, easily mistaken for one of the famous (and valuable) Arizona copper twins found in the 1970s. If we switched labels, most people would never doubt it...it is that remarkable. This piece is complete all around, totally pristine, and has a multihued and subtle patina to it that is more apparent in person, caused by natural processes in the mine. It is one of the largest fine Russian copper crystals I know of, for overall quality; and moreover, is a major copper crystal on a worldwide scale as well. It is similar, in fact, only to the famous few from Arizona so far as I can think about comparables - and those are now valued at their weight in platinum. Joe Budd Photos.