A bright aqua-blue Sampleite Specimen with crystals on matrix. This rough rock features little bursts of Sampleite that look like they’ve been applied by hand like gold leaf. An unusual and cheery addition to your Aussie mineral collection. This mineral is no longer available from this location. A worthy gift or treat for any collector.
7.5cm x 5.5cm x 4cm, 172g
Endeavour 28 Ore Body, North Parkes Mine, NSW
Sampleite: NaCaCu5(PO4)4Cl · 5H2O
An uncommon mineral in the oxidized zones of copper deposits in arid climates; also occurs as a rare mineral in caves. Named by Cornelius Hurlbut Jr. in honour of Mr. Matt Sample, Mine Superintendent for the Chile Exploration Company in 1921 (on staff as early as 1915) in Chuquicamata, Chile.