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The Cuprite is a mineral made of copper oxyde. Indeed, its name comes from the latin name cuprum which means copper.
It can also be found under the name of oxidized copper, red vitreous copper mine, copper red ore, ruberite or zigueline.
The cuprite presents dark geometric crystals with internal red reflections. Due to its red color, it is also called the ruby copper. The hues vary from the red color, to brownish red, scarlett red or blackish red according to its impurities.
A hair variety of cuprite is named chalcotrichite, red feather vitreous copper mine, or hair oxidized copper.
It can become a Malachite through pseudomorphose.
The cuprise is rarely used in jewelry because it is very fragile.
It was first described for the first time by the Austrian mineralogist, geologist and physician Wilhelm Karl Ritter von Haidinger in 1845. His sample type comes from Halsbrucke in Germany.
Even if its description is quite recent, cuprite can be found in ancient Roman or Celtic artefacts made of copper or bronze.
Mines : Algeria, Spain, USA, France, Zaire, Chile, Bolivia, Namibia, Australia, Congo.
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