TUC09-01
Copper With Cuprite
$3,500.00
Cabinet, 10.9 x 6.9 x 6.7 cm
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovsk, Altai, Western-Siberian Region, Russia

This is certainly by far and away the largest copper of my own lot; and moreover the finest well-crystallized specimen I was able to see or hear about, at Tucson 2009. There may be better, but if so they never made it to market here, I am pretty sure. The cluster is very complexly crystallized, with a rich coppery patina that is bright but not "cleaned" or chemically treated. It is a floater, with no attachment points. It is 3-dimensional, more so than the photos can indicate. Perched atop the apex of the specimen, on sharp copper crystals, are a number of 2-3 mm cuprite crystals of deep red color. The copper itself is, in person, MUCH more beautiful than our pics can convey, and I would say that this stands as an extremely significant Russian copper specimen but also a display-worthy one (not always the same thing!). Really quite unprecedented for a Russian find!

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