Chalcanthite from Local Planet Mine, Arizona USA

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Although it is only a small specimen, the crystal structure and bright blue colour of this Chalcanthite is fantastic.

Chalcanthite in individual crystals are very rare in natural form, therefore there are a lot of crystals synthetically grown from copper sulfate solutions available on the market. This one however, is natural. If a Chalcanthite crystal looks to good to be natural, it probably is, as good natural crystals are very hard to come by.

The largest deposit of chalcanthite occurs in Chuquicamata, Chile while many other copper deposits are found in the southwestern parts of USA.

Caution: Crystal specimens can easily be grown synthetically, and, as such, there is a concern that disreputable mineral dealers could present a specimen to an unknowing person as natural when it’s not. It is recommended that you deal with reputable dealers that you have dealt with in the past when purchasing this mineral

This specimen was purchased from Blue Gems at the 2013 Central Coast Gem Festival.

Specimen Details

Chemical Formula: CuSO4 · 5H2O

ID #: JG0019

Colour: crystals are a greenish-blue, light to sky blue

Hardness: 2.5

Acquisition Date: 12/10/2013

Crystal System: Triclinic

Lustre: Vitreous, silky, dull

Dimensions: 15mm x 20mm x 18mm

Weight: 7g

Location: Local Planet Mine. Santa Maria Dist – Buckskin Mountains – La Paz County, Arizona, USA.

Rarity of Mineral

Common

Did you know!?
The specimen should be never touched with the tongue, as Chalcanthite is poisonous. The liquid from Chalcanthite will also stain skin blue for several days.

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