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AZURITE
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Cu-Zn-Pb Deposit, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Krai, Western-Siberian Region, Russia
This working Copper mine is famous for its production of superb, crystallized Azurite and Cuprite specimens in recent years, as well as fine native Copper specimens and Copper pseudomorphs.  The specimens shown here are from a pocket found in 2012.  According to recent reports, the mining company is rapidly mining through the oxidation zone, which hosts the secondary Copper minerals.  While specimens were plentiful on the mineral market in 2012-2013, unless additional pockets have been recovered during the 2013 mining operations (we are still researching this), Azurite specimens from this locality will be among the classics of the present time, and may become scarce to unobtainable in another few years. 

 The Azurite specimens from the Poteryaevskoe Mine are typically composed of intergrown rosettes, each formed by many tiny, tabular crystals of bright blue Azurite forming complete spheroidal aggregates without matrix.  The color of the Azurite specimens from this locality is a deep, rich azure-electric blue.  These specimens were selected for their overall perfection, and their near lack of adherent sand gains and remnants of white clay-like material that surrounded the specimens “in situ”.  Specimens lacking in remnants of the white clay are uncommon. 

         
Specimen size: 
1 1/4 X 1 X 1”
Item No.:  2173
Price:  SOLD
Specimen size: 
1 1/4 X 1 X 3/4”
Item No.:  2174
Price:  $65.
Specimen size: 
1 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 1”
Item No.:  2175
Price:  $55.
Specimen size: 
1 3/8 X 1 1/4 X 1”
Item No.:  2176
Price:  $75.
Specimen size: 
1 3/8 X 1 1/8 X 1”
Item No.:  2177
Price:  $85.
         
Specimen size: 
1 5/8 X 1 3/8 X 1 1/8”
Item No.:  2178
Price: 
SOLD
Specimen size: 
1 3/8 X 1 1/4 X 1 1/8”
Item No.:  2179
Price:  $145.
Specimen size: 
1 3/8 X 1 1/8 X 5/8”
Item No.:  2180
Price:  $60.
Specimen size: 
1 3/8 X 1 1/4 X 3/4”
Item No.:  2181
Price:  $70.
Specimen size: 
1 3/8 X 1 X 7/8”
Item No.:  2182
Price: 
SOLD
         
     
Specimen size: 
1 5/8 X 1 1/4 X 1”
Item No.:  2183
Price:  $120.
Specimen size: 
1 5/8 X 1 3/8 X 1”
Item No.:  2199
Price:  $125.
     
         

CUPRITE
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Cu-Zn-Pb Deposit, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Krai, Western-Siberian Region, Russia

The extraordinary Cuprite specimens pictured here are from the same locality as the fine Azurite rosettes and nodular forms described directly above.  Well developed, octahedral Cuprite crystal specimens first showed up on the mineral market circa 2010 and as of March 2014, specimens can still be obtained.  Same as the Azurite specimens from this locality, the crystallized Cuprite specimens from the  Poteryaevskoe Mine are among the classics of the present time, and may become scarce to unobtainable in another few years.

The Cuprite specimens from the Poteryaevskoe Mine  typically consist of aggregates of very sharp octahedral crystals, with some specimens exhibiting very small cube faces.  The characteristic, dark red Cuprite color is very obvious when specimens are held up to a light source.  On all specimens, the crystals have very well defined faces and sharp edges.  None are matrix specimens.  Pricing is dependent upon the specimen size, as well as upon the size of the largest crystals.

         
Specimen size: 
7/8 X 3/4 X 5/8”
Item No.:  2184
Price:  $80.
Specimen size: 
7/8 X 3/4 X 5/8”
Item No.:  2185
Price:  $30.
Specimen size: 
1 X 3/4 X 5/8”
Item No.:  2186
Price:  $50.
Specimen size: 
1 X 7/8 X 3/4”
Item No.:  2187
Price:  $60.
Specimen size: 
1 1/8 X 1 X 1”
Item No.:  2188
Price:  $65.
         
Specimen size: 
1 1/8 X 7/8 X 3/4”
Item No.:  2189
Price:   $75.
Specimen size: 
1 X 1 X 3/4”
Item No.:  2190
Price:  $90.
Specimen size: 
1 3/8 X 1 1/8 X 1”
Item No.:  2191
Price:  $90.
Specimen size: 
1 1/8 X 1 1/8 X 1”
Item No.:  2192
Price:  $100.
Specimen size: 
1 3/8 X 1 X 7/8”
Item No.:  2193
Price:  $100.
         
Specimen size: 
1 1/4 X 1 1/8 X 1”
Item No.:  2194
Price:  $120.
Specimen size: 
1 3/8 X 1 1/8 X 1”
Item No.:  2195
Price:  $150.
Specimen size: 
7/8 X 3/4 X 5/8”
Item No.:  2196
Price:  $60.
Specimen size: 
1 1/4 X 7/8 X 3/4”
Item No.:  2197
Price:  $90.
Specimen size: 
1 3/8 X 1 X 3/4”
Item No.:  2198
Price:  $150.

 

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