Vivid Blue Carbonate Cyanotrichite on Limestone Matrix from Qinglong Mine, China
Dimension: 4.1cm x 3cm x 1cm
Weight: 4g / 15 carat
Locality: Qinglong Mine, Dachang Sb ore field, Qianxi'nan A.P., Guizhou Province, China
This beautifu specimen has shimmering and vivid sky blue tufts of Carbonate-Cyanotrichite richly covered a Limestone matrix from the famous Qinglong Mine of China. Carbonate-Cyanotrichite is a rare minerals, a secondary copper mineral found sparsely in the oxidation zones of copper-bearing ore bodies. The name actually comes from the Greek for "blue" and "hair", for obvious reasons, as the blue crystals have this acicular (hair-like) form.
This is an outstanding specimen from a recent find in China (in around late 2018 to early 2019), and is very highly representative and rich for the species and locality.