• Cuprite on Native Copper
  • Cuprite on Native Copper
  • Cuprite on Native Copper
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Cuprite on Native Copper

ID: CC31774
Wow! I’m unsure whether to call this a beauty or a beast, probably a beastly beauty! It is without doubt a sensational specimen of crystallised Cuprite richly and thickly overgrowing a matrix of Native Copper. This is one of the most unusual specimens of its kind I have ever seen from Wheal Gorland in the parish of Gwennap, Cornwall. The Native Copper is almost entirely hidden by large, squat Cuprite crystals of deep maroon with a silvery metallic lustre. The Cuprite forms cuboctahedral crystals of very varying geometry and also occurs as large masses whose surfaces carry traces for former crystals. The main manifestation of Native Copper is a 2.5 cm long branch, itself coated with Cuprite, that extends out from one corner. A quite amazing Cuprite on Native Copper from the legendary Wheal Gorland.

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Dimensions
11.2 × 7.8 × 1.4 cm
Categories
Latest Additions, Native Elements, Oxides and Hydroxides
Locality
Wheal Gorland, St Day, Cornwall, England, Europe

Minerals on Specimen

Minerals on specimen
Cuprite, Native Copper

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