Cuprite (fine crystals)

Rubtsovsk Mine, Rubtsovsky District, Altai Krai, Russia
Ex. Rock Currier
Toenail, 3.1 x 2.7 x 2.7 cm
Start Time: 04/18/2024 8:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 04/25/2024 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $196

Item Description

These are some of the finest contemporary Cuprites on the market. These impressive crystals from the Rubtsovsk Mine are not only larger than average, but they are notably lustrous, rather sharp and well-formed for the species. A lot of Cuprites can be somewhat dull and rounded, but these crystals, especially for their size, are very impressive. This miniature specimen hosts several excellent octahedral crystals with a shimmering metallic luster on the surface and with very strong backlighting, you can see tiny blood red color flashes just below the surface. The largest crystal measures 1.8 cm. No major damage, only peripheral roughness where the piece was detached from the pocket wall. A very good quality and showy example of this now fairly hard to find material.
From the collection of the beloved mineral dealer and collector Rock H. Currier (1940-2015) who was the long-time owner of Jewel Tunnel Imports. Collection #RHC8223. Rock travelled the world in search of mineral specimens, and built and impressive collection over his lifetime. He was one of the more colorful and unforgettable figures in the mineral world. You can read more about Rock at the following links: ( ( (

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$196 04/25/2024 6:37:02 pm (CDT)
$186 04/25/2024 6:37:02 pm (CDT)
$167 04/21/2024 11:35:29 pm (CDT)
$160 04/21/2024 11:35:28 pm (CDT)
$141 04/21/2024 11:35:14 pm (CDT)
$131 04/21/2024 11:35:14 pm (CDT)
$121 04/19/2024 12:45:54 pm (CDT)
$111 04/19/2024 12:45:54 pm (CDT)
$20 04/19/2024 11:37:14 am (CDT)
$15 04/19/2024 11:37:14 am (CDT)
$10 04/18/2024 10:57:40 pm (CDT)