Dims: 3.6 x 2.7 x 1.3" (9.1 x 6.9 x 3.3 cm)
Wt: 8.25 oz. (233.8 g)
At least 5 discernable Cuprite crystals rest on the banded gray host rock of this hand specimen. The largest of these crystals are quite intergrown, but appear to measure no more than 0.3" (8 mm) in diameter. A few are heavily damaged, some are incomplete due to restricted growing space, and a few of them are complete and undamaged. All have the octahedral form that is standard for Cuprite and where intact have well-defined edges and clean faces that possess the obligatory adamantine luster. Their red coloration is so deep that even the smallest crystals show only a moderate to dim translucence under halogen light. The Cuprites rest on a thin druse of tiny crystals that are either made up of rusty calcite or possibly ankerite. Several badly broken and mostly incomplete Cuprite crystals rest on the other side of the gray host rock, but there is not much left of them.