Miniature, 3.5 x 2.6 x 1.4 cm
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovsk, Altai, Western-Siberian Region, Russia
I call this one the "X" for obvious reasons - not very creative, but the name fits. It is a floater cluster with no point of attachment, and it looks sexy from both sides. Both sides show the cuprite association, perched on the slightly shimmering copper with its unique patina characteristic of this find. This piece has a presence beyond its size, and is probably my single favorite specimen in this update because of its crazy aesthetics - this would be an amazing specimen from ANY locality, Russian or otherwise. But for Russia, this quality of copper is very much more fine than the norm. Nevertheless, it is the association that makes these pieces unique.
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