Locality – Democratic Republic of Congo
Size – 64 x 35 x 20mm
Weight – 85g
This shattuckite freeform features dramatic earthy red cuprite across one half of the piece with chrysocolla blue, icy white quartz and forest green malachite patterns across the other. It has been expertly polished to a nice lustre and has a unique shape. 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.