Cuprite – Brilliant Crystals from the Milpillas Mine

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Description

These cuprite crystals  are from the Milpillas Mine in Cuitaca, Mun de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico. Mining at this locale began in 2006 with the extraction of copper minerals. Thirty-six mineral species have been identified at the mine including cuprite. It is a secondary mineral found in oxidized copper ore bodies and it contains the elements Cu, C and O. Mining started in several copper oxide zones where outstanding secondary copper mineral specimens were recovered. This specimen consists of a mostly quartz matrix, sawed on the back side that contains an exposed vein that is filled with dozens of cuprite crystals. Their morphology varies from tabular to octahedral to bi-pyramidal and hoppered. Their luster metallic or mirror-like and they have a red hue. This piece measures 2 x 1 1/4 x 5/8 inches or 50 x 32 x 16 mm.

Additional information

Weight 6 oz