The Stone: Copper Ore with Pyrite
The Weight: 128.68 grams
The Origin: Morenci, Arizona
The Cut: Hand Polished Freeform Specimen
- stone measurements: 70.05mm x 47.6mm x 25.13mm
Copper is a highly conductive, workable metal that has been used by mankind for thousands of years. While researches can't seem to agree on where the world's first copper mine was located, the largest producing mine today is in Antofagasta, Chile. Other large mines are located in Arizona, Australia, Mexico, Peru, and South Africa.
When combined with other elements, copper is known to produce blue and green minerals. Popular copper bearing minerals on the market include turquoise, malachite, azurite, chrysocolla, and Pariaba tourmaline. In many cases, copper bearing minerals tend to be softer and need to be worn as jewelry with care.