Moonta mine, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, Australia
Miniature, 3.9 x 3.1 x 1.1 cm
Ex. Smithsonian Institution
Impressive, large, divergent and intergrown, medium to dark green prismatic crystals of atacamite to 2.5cm are preeminent on this specimen. The larger, dark green crystals of this copper hydroxychloride are well-terminated. This specimen is from early workings in the Moonta copper mines in the late 19th to early 20th centuries, around 1880-1900! It is almost impossible to obtain this material these days as they trickle out of old collections. U.S. National Museum (Smithsonian) and Lidstrom's labels accompany the piece for added significance. This is a fine, display quality miniature.

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