Cuprite and Copper

Cuprite and Copper specimens from the Rubtsovskiy deposit in Russia.  Like the past couple of years, these Cuprite and Copper specimens were plentiful at Tucson with flats of partial crystals and crystals clusters with some damage or contacts available for $20-$200, with more value placed on perfect crystals, Cuprite on Copper, and the psuedomorphs of Copper after Cuprite.  Although plentiful, all the Russian dealers said the deposit is is no longer producing (all the specimens are out of the ground) so it is unclear how much longer these will be available.


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TU81 - Cuprite on Copper $ 350
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia
miniature - 4 x 3 x 3 cm


Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu81a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu81b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu81c.jpg]

Cuprite crystals to 1.8cm on Copper with minor amounts of Silver.


TU80 - Cuprite on Copper $ 950
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 2.5 cm


Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu80a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu80b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu80c.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu80d.jpg]

Cuprite crystals with two areas psuedomorphed to Copper. Sharp crystals with good luster.


TU79 - Cuprite with Copper $ 300 SOLD
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 1.7 x 1.7 x 1.6 cm


Cuprite with Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu79a.jpg] Cuprite with Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu79b.jpg] Cuprite with Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu79c.jpg]

Single Cuprite crystal partially psuedomorphed to Copper.


TU78 - Cuprite with Silver $ 750 SOLD
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia
miniature - 4 x 3.8 x 3 cm


Cuprite with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu78a.jpg] Cuprite with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu78b.jpg] Cuprite with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu78c.jpg] Cuprite with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu78d.jpg] Cuprite with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu78e.jpg]

Floater cluster of large Cuprite crystals with minor amounts of attached Silver. Complete all around with crystals to 2.5cm and bright luster. Both front and backsides shown.


TU76 - Cuprite on Copper $ 650 SOLD
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 3 x 3 x 2 cm


Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu76a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu76b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu76c.jpg]

Cuprite crystals on a matrix of crystallized Copper. The Copper to the left of the Cuprite are psuedomorphs of Copper after Cuprite. There is also Silver present along the edges of the Cuprite. Undamaged.


TU75 - Cuprite on Copper $ 440 SOLD
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia
miniature - 4.5 x 4 x 2.2 cm


Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu75a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu75b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu75c.jpg]

Cuprite crystals on a matrix of crystallized Copper. Main Cuprite crystal is 1.8cm in longest dimension. displayes well and the Copper is thick and stocky. One crystal on left is partially damaged, the rest, including amin crystal, are undamaged.


TU74 - Cuprite with Silver $ 250
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 2.5 x 1.8 x 1.8 cm


Cuprite with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu74a.jpg] Cuprite with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu74b.jpg] Cuprite with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu74c.jpg]

Floater cluster of Cuprite crystals with attached Silver. The Silver occurs primarily as 3 fin-like structures. Main Cuprite crystal is 1.3cm wide. Undamaged.


TU73 - Cuprite $ 500 SOLD
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.4 x 2.4 cm


Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu73a.jpg] Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu73b.jpg] Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu73c.jpg] Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu73d.jpg]

Single Cuprite crystal of uniform dimensions with wonderful bevelled edges. This one also has better than average red coloration and is undamaged.


TU72 - Cuprite on Copper $ 450 SOLD
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia
small cabinet - 5.5 x 2 x 1.2 cm


Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu72a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu72b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu72c.jpg]

Thick, well crystallized Copper with a single 8mm Cuprite crystal attached. Undamaged and a complete floater.


TU71 - Cuprite on Copper $ 1250 SOLD
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia
small cabinet - 5.5 x 5 x 4 cm


Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu71a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu71b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu71c.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/tu71d.jpg]

Cuprite crystals on a matrix of crystallized Copper. The Cuprite crystals are partially psuedomorphed to Copper. The large crystal to the right is 2cm wide and almost entirely psuedomorphed with only one edge and a couple termination points remaining as Cuprite. Undamaged.


E578 - Cuprite on Copper $ 550 SOLD
Rubtsovskiy Mine, Altayskiy Kray, Siberia, Russia
miniature - 4.5 x 3 x 2.8 cm


Cuprite on Copper from Rubtsovskiy Mine, Altayskiy Kray, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e578a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Rubtsovskiy Mine, Altayskiy Kray, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e578b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Rubtsovskiy Mine, Altayskiy Kray, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e578c.jpg]

Thick, robust Copper crystals with 3 areas of attached Cuprite crystals. These Cuprite on Copper specimens were one of the more interesting new finds at Tucson this year. While there was a good number of Copper specimens available, there was only very few with the Cuprite association. There are also unidentified white crystals associated with the Cuprite, 4.5 x 3 x 2.8 cm.


E235 - Cuprite and Copper $ 350
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.3 x 1.3 cm


Cuprite and Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e235a.jpg] Cuprite and Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e235b.jpg] Cuprite and Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe deposit, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e235c.jpg]

Floater cluster of 3 Cuprite crystals partially psuedomorphed to Copper. Razor sharp and super quality.There are also small yellow flecks of Miersite on the surface of the Cuprite.


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.


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.


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.



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