David K. Joyce

Copper (Native), Various Localities

Native copper is a favourite amongst collectors since it is one of the few metals that occur in native form in affordable specimens!! The physical properties of copper, parrticulary its malleability results in dramatic and interesting mineral specimens. That is, the crystals can only be broken with difficulty, so while other minerals or matrix around it can be smashed and broken, the copper in the specimen just bends or stretches a bit!! Here are some very good examples, some from unusual locations.

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CopperCopper (Native), Various Localities
  • Item #20863
  • Copper
  • 9.6x5.0x5.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 3mm
  • $40.00
  • Afton Mine
  • nr. Kamloops
    British Columbia, Canada
  • The zone in the middle of this specimen has a cavity of sharp, twinned copper crystals. Nice specimen of native copper from an unusual location!
Copper, CupriteCopper (Native), Various Localities
  • Item #22796
  • Copper, Cuprite
  • 10.4x6.8x3.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: cop-2mm, cup-micro
  • $110.00
  • Bisbee
    Arizona, USA
  • Clusters of copper crystals are present between breccia fragments in this specimen. The copper is largely coated with cuprite crystals including acicular cuprite, also known as chalcotrichite. Looks great! R
CopperCopper (Native), Various Localities
  • Item #25034
  • Copper
  • 6.4x5.5x2.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 2mm
  • $75.00
  • Ajo Dist.
  • Pima Co.
    Arizona, USA
  • A three dimensional grouping of thin, elongated groups of small copper crystals. One of the most famous and largest copper mines in American history. Displays well!
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  • Item #25964
  • Copper
  • 2.8x2.8x2.1 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 6mm
  • $75.00
  • Emke Mine
  • Onganja
    Namibia
  • A cluster of sharp crystals of native copper with no other minerals present. The crystals appear to be largely branching dodecahedra but some are twinned or have other crystal faces, as well. Nice example for this famous copper mining area!
Copper, CupriteCopper (Native), Various Localities
  • Item #26112
  • Copper, Cuprite
  • 1.9x1.6x1.4 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: micro
  • $35.00
  • Gibralter Mine
  • Williams Lake
    British Columbia, Canada
  • These specimens from the Gibraltar Mine are not world beaters but they are unusual specimens from a giant, long-running porphyry copper mine in southern British Columbia. The ore is mostly chalcopyrite and molybdenite with very little secondary mineralization. I collected these specimens from a small zone where the sulphides seemed to be reduced to the native metal. The specimens appear as a white quartz-native copper breccia with copper and cuprite crystals in interstices. Interesting!
Copper, CupriteCopper (Native), Various Localities
  • Item #26893
  • Copper, Cuprite
  • 2.1x1.4x1.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 4mm
  • $35.00
  • Copper Creek Mine
  • Mamainse Point
    Ontario, Canada
  • A cluster of sharp, spinel-twinned copper crystals partially embedded in white calcite. Many of the copper crystals have a thin, red veneer of cuprite on them. Nice crystals!
CopperCopper (Native), Various Localities
  • Item #26896
  • Copper
  • 6.5x5.1x5.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 3mm
  • $75.00
  • Copper Creek Mine
  • Mamainse Point
    Ontario, Canada
  • Loads of sharp, spinel-law twinned crystals of native copper arranged in dendritic groups of crystals protrude from the white calcite in this specimen. More calcite could be removed to increase the amount of visible native copper. Lots to look at!
CopperCopper (Native), Various Localities
  • Item #26913
  • Copper
  • 7.8x4.2x4.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 4mm
  • $75.00
  • Copper Creek Mine
  • Mamainse Point
    Ontario, Canada
  • Loads of branching copper crystals in the spinel-law twin habit in branching dendrites are encased in white calcite and partially exposed. Could be further etched to expose delicate copper crystals. Rich, excellent specimen from the Canadian side of Lake Superior!
Copper, Chalcocite.Copper (Native), Various Localities
  • Item #27740
  • Copper, Chalcocite.
  • 9.7x7.8x5.7 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 7mm
  • $75.00
  • Chino Pit
  • Santa Rita
    New Mexico, USA
  • This chunk of high grade copper is very dense because it is criss-crossed with bands of native copper, sometimes associated with chalcocite. Some of the native copper that protrudes is dendritic! Nice specimen from a prolific mine.