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 really nice color. It’s a deeper blue that most of the other specimens we have from this locale and has larger nodules too. Some of the inner workings of the nodules are exposed up top, allowing us to see the gorgeous malachite that the chrysocolla grew on top of. Some of the green from the malachite shines throughout this piece, giving nice visual contrast with the dark blue. Some of the sections take on this slightly mottled appearance where spots of dark blue adorn some of the brighter teal sections, making a very nice pattern
This piece measures approximately 8.4 x 4.4 x 4.4cm and comes with a display card listing the mineral name and locale.