Shattuckite pocket
Tantara Mine, Shinkolobwe, Haut-Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cabinet, 11.0 x 8.0 x 5.0 cm
Shattuckite is a rare copper silicate-hydroxide with prime pieces mined and recovered in the DRC in 2013 and 2014. This piece consists of a multitude of tiny botryoids of medium blue Shattuckite that cover the surface of a partial vug in granular to radial massive, sky blue Shattuckite. This find represents the largest and showiest pieces of the species ever produced to date. These originally came out labeled as Plancheite, but we had the first samples X-rayed at University of Arizona and they are, in all the color varieties you see here, all phases of Shattuckite. A unique specimen showing a natural "pocket" that actually formed as fillings in a vein, or between cobbles, in a large deposit. In some rare cases, such as this, the complete pocket could be recovered. Interesting!

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