Copper (new find) (unique locality specimen)

Corocoro District, Pacajes Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia
Small Cabinet, 8.1 x 7.7 x 2.3 cm
Start Time: 06/16/2011 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 06/23/2011 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Most people are familiar with the Copper pseudomorphs after Aragonite from this locality, but to find non-pseudomorphic, crystalline native Copper is rather rare. This aesthetic, "fan"-like "sheet" of very crudely crystallized Copper is a great display specimen from this historic locality. On the micro level the piece displays very unusual "wormholes" that gives the piece an amazingly organic appearance. I have never seen Copper specimens like this from Corocoro, and this particular specimen was mined a few months ago (early 2011). It almost resembles some form of aquatic sea life, like coral. This piece is one of the most interesting and one-of-a-kind specimen that I have handled for aesthetics and displayability. Good Bolivian Coppers are not common on the market, and I'm told that the locality was recently purchased by a Korean mining company, so collecting and obtaining specimens will become very difficult in the future. If you're a Copper collector, I'm certain that you do not have one of these in your collection. Valued at $650.

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