Copper pseudomorph after Aragonite

Corocoro District, Pacajes Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia
Thumbnail, 2.5 x 1.9 x 1.2 cm
Start Time: 06/02/2011 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 06/09/2011 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Here is a wonderful thumbnail size specimen of the famous pseudomorphs of Copper after Aragonite from Corocoro. These floater specimens are well known from Bolivia for their great form and color, and this piece has the classic and unique pseudohexagonal form that has made these pieces some of the most well known and highly sought after pseudomorphs around. This specimen is a very fine example of this material. Typically, when the crystals tend to be distorted and rounded, and this piece has very sharp and well defined faces. There has not been any significant amount of these specimens on the market in approximately 25 years, and they are often only found in old collections. It has come to my attention that a Korean mining company has purchased the area around Corocoro to mine exclusively for Copper, and it will be very difficult to obtain new material as long as they're in production.

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