• Chalcocite (19th Century Fake)
  • Chalcocite (19th Century Fake)
  • Chalcocite (19th Century Fake)

Chalcocite (19th Century Fake)

$1,250.00   €1,053  £950.00 approx.  

This specimen is priced in US dollars, all other prices are approximate.

ID: CC13449
Faked mineral specimens are not just a present day issue; they have a long history and tend to exist whenever demand exceeds supply of a desirable and sought after species.  At first glance this is a most attractive specimen of well crystallised Chalcocite, purportedly (and probably is) from the Levant mine at Trewellard close to St Just in Cornwall.  A rich group of grey metallic Chalcocite crystals sit and stand on a flat platy matrix of green-tinged cream Calcite.  On examination however, the larger crystals can be seen to be embedded in a cream-coloured paste which has not been well camouflaged to say the least!  Under LWUV the paste fluoresces a dull leaf-green.  In all likelihood, all the components of this specimen probably originate from Levant, but from different parts of the mine!  A great example of a classic 19th Century Cornish fake, for those collectors fascinated in the history of Cornish mines and its minerals.


4.3 × 3.0 × 2.9 cm
Sulphides, Sulphosalts and Arsenides
Levant Mine, Trewellard, Cornwall, England, Europe

Minerals on Specimen

Minerals on specimen

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