Copper - branching crystals
Santa Rita, Grant County
3.3 x 2.6 x 1.2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A complex branching Copper specimen composed of many small crystals in stacked or aligned arrangements. Good patina, the color ranges from a dark that is almost black to a red copper hue. A multitude of tiny crystals in many divergent habits are best appreciated under magnification.
Chain-like stack of arborescent and spinel twin crystals from New Mexico. Ex collections of Buck Keller and William Hladysz, this has just a hint of matrix adhering, but is mostly a sculptural tower of Copper. No damage and with a nice patina, this is an older piece that predates the Chino mine find that became famous in 2001. This piece almost certainly came from the Chino mine zone too, but that is not recorded on the previous label and we do not like to attribute without certainty. The Chino is a huge pit that has now encompassed other smaller mines, so many details of locality have gotten lost over time. A very nice copper from anyplace.