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SOLD Malachite on Cuprite
stock #SOLD 20.1-870
Onganja Mine, Windhoek District
Khomas Region, Namibia
4.3 x 3.9 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
price: $0
new year 2021

A modern classic, a sharp Cuprite octahedron is coated by a druse of crystalline Malachite, and rests on a contrasting Calcite matrix. The Cuprite crystal has very three dimensional relief from the crystallized Calcite background. Close exam of the matrix Calcite crystals shows many are included by bright red Cuprite and a few small bits of native Copper. The Malachite encrustations are a bit thicker and more sharply crystallized than the usual thin coatings. Onganja Cuprites are unique and are often quite expensive, matrix specimens are much less common. Choice and in fine condition.

Copper in Calcite
stock #18.1-696
Onganja Mine, Windhoek District
Khomas Region, Namibia
4.9 x 3.8 x 3.5 CM (miniature)
price: $1950

An exceptional (and very unusual) Copper in Calcite from the great Onganja Mine. A large sharp transparent Calcite 3.8 CM across sits on and is included by Copper. The matrix is partly Copper, Malachite and Chalcotrichite. The Calcite is unlike most from Onganja as it is a simple modified rhomb without the complex habits or twinning that is typical from here. This displays well from most any angle, in very good condition with only very minor rub spots. The Onganja mine was once a prolific source of fine Coppers, Cuprites etc but the Calcites were always especially rare and sought after. The mine has been closed and flooded for years. This specimen is quite striking in person and a significant Copper.

Copper with Quartz
stock #AX-19-163
Onganja Mine, Windhoek District
Khomas Region, Namibia
5.1 x 2.8 x 1.7 CM (miniature)
price: $350
Spring update

A crystallized sculpture of Copper from the famed Onganja mine that has several crystallized Quartz clusters perched. In fine condition, the Quartz seems to have formed on a Calcite core. A rare association, the tiny Quartz crystals are very clear, adding a sparkling accent. The Copper is in branching crystals with some showing crude spinel twinning and flattened, stretched octahedrons. Quartz is not a common association in these coppers.

Cuprite coated by Malachite
stock #AX-11-226
Onganja Mine, Windhoek District
Khomas Region, Namibia
4 X 3 CM (miniature)
price: $1450
Spring 2013

An important classic, the find of these fantastic Cuprites was made 45 years ago, there have been none since. These are now very rare on the market and this one is in fine condition. On the base and in one corner the malachite coating did not form and the bright red Cuprite is clearly seen. Some chipping is present on backside and underneath but the display side is clean and undamaged. Great color and textbook sharp form are what sets the best old Onjanga Cuprites apart.