Cuprite with Copper and Silver

As with the previous 2 years, one of the most interesting items at the Tucson show continued to be the Cuprite with Copper and Silver and psuedomorphs of Copper after Cuprite from Russia.  Nearly every Russian dealer had a least some of these specimens, with the vast majority being loose singles or clusters of Cuprite, mostly incomplete or damaged in some way.  I selected early from 4 dealerships choosing specimens of Cuprite atop Copper, complete and undamaged crystals, and specimens of Cuprite paritially psuedomorphed to Copper. Eight of the small specimens below were held back for me as a lot based on their uniqueness and quality. All the Russian dealers I spoke with said this mine was now mostly closed, with no more specimens being found.


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E220 - Cuprite on Copper $ 550
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia
miniature - 3.5 x 3.4 x 2.5 cm


Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e220a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e220b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e220c.jpg]

Large compound Cuprite crystal, 3.4cm wide, atop Copper crystals. This is a large Cuprite and its formation atop the Copper crystals is striking. Complete all around and undamaged although the backside of the Cuprite has some natural etching.


E221 - Cuprite on Copper $ 350 SOLD
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 2.2 x 1.6 x 1 cm


Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e221a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e221b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e221c.jpg]

Superb thumbnail sized specimen of Copper psuedomorphs after Cuprite. I prefer the partial psuedomorphs which show both the Copper and Cuprite. This spceimn has a stack of 3 nearly complete psuedomorphs with a fourth crystal that retains a good amount of the original Cuprite. Complete all around, floater specimen.


E222 - Cuprite with Silver and Copper $ 400
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia
miniature - 3.2 x 2 x 2.0 cm


Cuprite with Silver and Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e222a.jpg] Cuprite with Silver and Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e222b.jpg] Cuprite with Silver and Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e222c.jpg]

Floater cluster of Cuprite crystals with Silver. This is a rare association with this mine being the only I'm aware of that produces this association. Additionally, there is a 1.3cm Copper crystal group attached to one end.


E223 - Cuprite with Silver and Copper $ 150 SOLD
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 1.4 x 1.4 x 1.2 cm


Cuprite with Silver and Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e223a.jpg] Cuprite with Silver and Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e223b.jpg] Cuprite with Silver and Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e223c.jpg]

Single octahedral Cuprite crystal, partially psuedomorphing to Copper with attached Silver. The backside is not complete (indented where another crystal was formerly attached) but the overall form is great.


E224 - Cuprite on Copper with Silver $ 1500
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 3.0 x 2.5 x 1.6 cm


Cuprite on Copper with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e224a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e224b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e224c.jpg]

Cuprite crystal cluster atop Copper crystals in the form of a 'J'. The Cuprite crystals are complete all around. Perhaps the most aesthetic of these specimens I saw (even the Russian dealer said this one was special). Areas of Silver are also present.


E225 - Cuprite with Silver $ 750 SOLD
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia
miniature - 3.4 x 2.8 x 2.5 cm


Cuprite with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e225a.jpg] Cuprite with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e225b.jpg] Cuprite with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e225c.jpg]

Showy cluster of sharp, smooth faced Cuprite crystals, largest is 2.1cm tip to tip. Silver is present in areas between the Cuprite crystals. Complete all around and undamaged with just a tiny point of attachment on the very bottom. High quality piece.


E226 - Cuprite and Copper $ 150 SOLD
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.4 cm


Cuprite and Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e226a.jpg] Cuprite and Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e226b.jpg] Cuprite and Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e226c.jpg] Cuprite and Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e226d.jpg]

Single octahedral Cuprite crystal that is about 50% psuedomorphed to Copper. A complete floater crystal with only one small ding in one side, otherwise undamaged.


E227 - Cuprite $ 600 SOLD
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 2.4 x 2.2 x 2.0 cm


Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e227a.jpg] Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e227b.jpg] Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e227c.jpg]

Large single Cuprite crystal, 2.8cm wide tip to tip. This is a very high quality crystal with better than average luster and one of the rare specimens that shows a good translucent red when backlit. It's also and undamaged flaoter. Complete all around with stepped growth on the backside. There is also one tiny area of Silver present.


E228 - Cuprite with Silver $ 250 SOLD
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 1.2 x 1.2 x 1.2 cm


Cuprite with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e228a.jpg] Cuprite with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e228b.jpg] Cuprite with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e228c.jpg]

Single octahedral Cuprite crystal with attached Silver. A smaller crystal, but really well formed with nice bevelled edges and equal dimensional form. The attached Silver gives it away as Rubtsovskoe and there are even some larger Silver crystals present, different thant he more typical spngy masses of Silver. Undamaged and shows translucent red in areas when backlit.


E229 - Cuprite on Copper $ 250
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 1.7 x 1.4 x 1.3 cm


Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e229a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e229b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e229c.jpg]

Single 1.5cm Cuprite crystal atop a pedestal of Copper crystals. Good when viewed from any direction.


E230 - Cuprite on Copper with Silver $ 1200 SOLD
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 3.0 x 2.3 x 2.3 cm


Cuprite on Copper with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e230a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e230b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e230c.jpg]

Outstanding cluster of Copper psuedomorphs after Cuprite crystals. Complete, undamaged and 3-dimensional specimen with the top crystal only partially replaced and 2 attached Cuprite crystals, with areas of Silver. It's a little hard to see the crystal form in the photos, but the psuedos show good octahedral form.


E231 - Cuprite $ 280
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm


Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e231a.jpg] Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e231b.jpg] Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e231c.jpg]

Razor sharp intergrown pair of Cuprite crystals with good luster. Complete floater though back tip is slightly truncated and does not come to a point, undamaged.


E232 - Silver on Cuprite $ 900 SOLD
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 3.0 x 2.8 x 2.5 cm


Silver on Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e232a.jpg] Silver on Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e232b.jpg] Silver on Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e232c.jpg]

Complete single Cuprite crystal of impressive size with Silver attached to the crystal faces. The size alone (3.2cm tip to tip) would make this a great addition to a single crystal collection, the rare association of the Silver makes this even more special. Undamaged.


E233 - Cuprite on Copper with Silver $ 1250 SOLD
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia
miniature - 3.5 x 3.0 x 2.0 cm


Cuprite on Copper with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e233a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e233b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e233c.jpg] Cuprite on Copper with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e233d.jpg]

Cuprite crystals to 1.8cm on edge atop a large psuedomorph of copper after Cuprite. Three non-psuedomorphed crystals on the top left and center with the right top crystal partially psuedomorphed. Super display and hard to find of this type and quality. There is also Silver between the Cuprites and covering a small Cuprite on the bottom front that is attached to the psuedomorphed crystal. I turned it upside down in one photo to better show the psuedomorph that forms the base. Specimens like this are hard to find.


E234 - Cuprite and Copper $ 250 SOLD
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 2.2 x 1.8 x 1.5 cm


Cuprite and Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e234a.jpg] Cuprite and Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e234b.jpg] Cuprite and Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e234c.jpg]

Floater cluster of Cuprite crystals partially psuedomorphed to Copper. I love the spikey Copper point on one of the Cuprites.



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