near Tonglushan Copper Mine, near Daye, Hubei Province, China
Miniature, 4.8 x 3.0 x 2.5 cm

This sparkly Chalcopyrite ball ("blister copper") specimen is a great example from this 2018 find in Daye County, China. This bright miniature is composed of over a dozen and a half bristling, metallic, iridescent blue balls averaging 1 cm in size. This combination of ornately connected Chalcopyrite orbs make up an aesthetic grouping of these unique oddities that do show some contacting. We brought out nearly all of the better specimens that remained as clusters, along with a few existing matrix specimens (available separately on our website, but certainly interesting to confirm origin), in October 2018 and March 2019 and none have been found since except for some small samples. It turns out that these are from a small mine in the Tonglushan area complex of mines. Very attractive and sits perfectly for display!

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