Locality – Democratic Republic of Congo Size – 63 x 36 x 33mm Weight – 100g
This shattuckite freeform features heavy, lustrous silver metallic material throughout the stone with highly contrasting powder blue chrysocolla. It has an unusual 'bumpy' feel across its surface due to the variation in hardness of minerals throughout the piece and has been expertly polished to a high lustre. Shattuckite is a rare and desirable mineral and makes a prized addition to any crystal collection.
Shattuckite is a rare copper mineral that is highly regarded for its vivid blue colouration. It is a pseudomorph, formed by altering existing minerals such as quartz, malachite, cuprite and dioptase, and in many specimens of shattuckite some of the original minerals can still be seen making for an attractive multicoloured stone. It takes many forms, occurring as radiating, botryoidal, globular, reniform, or stalactitic crystals. It was first discovered in 1915 in the Shattuck mine in Arizona, after which it was named. Some of the worlds finest Shattuckite specimens are found in the copper mines of the Kaokoveld District, Kunene Region, Namibia, though other notable localities include Arizona and the Congo.