Quartz and Chrysocolla replacing Native Copper ''leaves'' (NEW FIND!)

Miniature, 5.0 x 4.36 x 3.7 cm
Start Time: 11/09/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/16/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $50

Item Description

This piece comes to us from a brand new discovery (2023) in Indonesia. This is a very attractive specimen that is truly unlike anything we've seen before. We haven't been given a specific locality for the material, as our source overseas couldn't even tell us exactly where it was from, only that it was brand new and one of the local diggers brought it to the marketplace for sale. The piece features multiple generations of deposition, starting earliest with leaves of Native Copper on matrix, which were then coated by beautiful turquoise blue Chrysocolla, and finally with a layer of snow white to lavender colored Quartz (Chalcedony). Some of these formations show slightly hollow areas, meaning that the Chrysocolla and Quartz have formed hollow "casts" after Copper that was presumably dissolved away, but still remains in other places on the specimen. I'm not going to say this is a pseudomorph, it really looks more like a "cast" where the original shape of the preexisting mineral is preserved in a form of a hollow cavity that was created by the deposition of another mineral. It's a really interesting specimen, and certainly different, so don't miss out on the chance to get your hands on something unique and brand new with beautiful color, form and aesthetics. I don't know if there will be more of these, and sometimes these kinds of discoveries can be very short-lived, though sometimes they produce specimens for many years.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$50 11/16/2023 5:32:37 pm (CST)
$45 11/16/2023 5:32:37 pm (CST)
$42 11/16/2023 5:01:32 pm (CST)
$37 11/16/2023 5:01:32 pm (CST)
$32 11/16/2023 10:45:25 am (CST)
$27 11/13/2023 11:25:03 pm (CST)
$25 11/13/2023 11:25:03 pm (CST)
$20 11/13/2023 10:16:39 pm (CST)
$15 11/11/2023 11:33:25 am (CST)
$10 11/09/2023 9:36:38 pm (CST)