Carbonate Cyanotrichite on Limestone Matrix Specimen

Carbonate Cyanotrichite on Limestone Matrix Specimen


Dimension: 3.8cm x 3cm x 2.5cm

Weight: 15g

Locality: Qinglong Mine, Dachang Sb ore field, Qianxi'nan A.P., Guizhou Province, China


This miniature specimen has shimmering and vivid blue tufts of Carbonate Cyanotrichite beautifully growth on the limestone matrix.  Like a beautiful flower and so velvety!


The Cyanotrichite group of minerals has a beauty all its own, with a range of intense blues that are eye-catching and alluring.  Carbonate Cyanotrichite is a rare and beautiful member of that group.  The name actually comes from the Greek for "blue" and "hair", for obvious reasons, as the blue crystals have this acicular (hair-like) form. 


Carbonate Cyanotrichite is a secondary copper mineral found sparsely in the oxidation zones of copper-bearing ore bodies.  This is a very beautiful specimen from recent finds in China, and is very highly representative and rich for the species and locality.