*This is a miniature specimen--please read dimensions and examine scale photos carefully!*
This is a beautiful miniature octahedral crystal cluster of cuprite, a copper hydroxide mineral that is often known as "ruby copper". This is a lovely 8-sided (octahedral) crystal cluster, with etched faces. It has some complete points and some incomplete, with a unique appearance. The gunmetal grey color is kissed by gorgeous sections of red clarity (visible when backlit by a strong light--picture 3)! This tiny crystal would make a handsome addition to any serious mineral collection!
Locality: Rubtsouskoe Deposit, Altaiskii-kray, Russia Dimensions: 0.50" x 0.38" x 0.25" (13mm x 10mm x 7mm) Weight: 1.9 g (0.07 oz, 9.7 cts)
FORMATION: Cuprite is a unique copper hydroxide mineral, that forms as a secondary mineral in copper deposits. With a brick red to dark red color and a submetallic luster, it is highly desirable. The color varies from solid gunmetal grey to transparent red, depending on the composition. It forms in the isometric system, so it may rarely form cubic and octahedral crystals. Though soft, faceted cuprite has a wonderful rich color and higher brilliance than diamond--crystals large enough to facet are extremely rare, and extremely desirable.
HEALING: Cuprite is associated with fertility, vitality, and stamina. It is also believed to enhance creativity and physical health.
*Though many gems and minerals have historical and cultural associations with healing properties, these items are sold for display, study, and collector interest only.
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