Chrysocolla on Quartz from the Tentadora Mine in Peru
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This is a Chrysocolla on Quartz from the Tentadora Mine in Peru. Chrysocolla is a cooper mineral that will frequently grow alongside azurite and malachite. They will sometimes “pseudomorph” each other, meaning one stone will take over or replace the other stone. This mine is particularly well known for it’s distinct and isolated chrysocolla nodules that are hind to find most other places.
This particular piece has an interesting chalcedony druzy right in its heart It has a gray, frosty look that contrasts nicely with the opaque chrysocolla. The chrysocolla itself has a very nice deep teal color with more green coming through the edges and dark blue on the back. The parts with more green to them have a very interesting pattern that’s mottled with darker blues, providing some nice points of visual interest. From the side, you are able to see the distinct layers of quartz and chrysocolla and from the back, you can still see some bits of pure copper
This piece measures approximately 8.2 x 7.2 x 3.0cm and comes with a display card listing the mineral name and locale.