Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovsk, Altai, Western-Siberian Region, Russia
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 3.1 x 1.7 cm
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This floater specimen features a 2-cm-long elongated crystal atop, connecting into a sculpture-like cluster below. A dramatic, sculptural, 360-degree-around copper specimen with sharp crystals and the unique shimmering patina this mine will, I think, be famous for someday. All crystals are sharp - and the piece is very intricate in person. The piece is a floater, with no attachments to mar its symmetry all around. The crystals are SHARP, more evident perhaps in person than we can convey with photos. Really quite unprecedented for a Russian find, this would be superbly crystallized and important from any locality but from here, all the more so!