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Can anyone identify this piece? Chrysocolla Rough, maybe?

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I have some downtime so I have decided to Nancy Drew my rocks>


This piece is of unknown origin.


No cleavage

Maybe a 4 on Moh- streaks

A goodly amount of copper visible

 2 7/8th at widest point,2" Longest point.

If it is Chrysocolla Rough is it a gem? seems there is a dissenting opinion.  Is there a way to determine if a gem or not?


asked Dec 30, 2015 by Dizzard (790 points)

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Doesn't qualify as a gem, in my opinion, darker green might be malachite formations. Just type chrysocolla in to your search engine and it will tell you more than you need to know. It appears to be a piece of copper ore with chrysocolla formed on the outside.
answered Dec 31, 2015 by Weasel (58,930 points)
selected Dec 31, 2015 by Dizzard
I am ahead! At least I got the chrysocolla part right! Well Kind of. I did look it up and must have gotten confused. The deep green to the lighter blue is awesome. I have made so many display areas. From the ceiling I built what looks like a Rock. I tiered it randomly and have displays in all the nooks and crannys- along with fake flora and fauna. I may have to move into the garage!

Thanks as always for sharing your knowledge- Happy New Year.
Good job on the initial identification.
Thanks! I have been eagerly awaiting the day that I don't throw in what I think it is and have it identified as the total opposite. Ha! Remember my amazonite goal stone? I was referring back to check the color and it didn't look like my goal stone. I swear by all that is volcanic glass that I will  get that sucker! Wish me luck and Happy New Year!

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