stalactites

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Rhodochrosite

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The Life Story of a Mineral Specimen

Chrysocolla is a secondary mineral of copper, yielding from a chemical reaction that takes eons to take place. It is most commonly found in veins, or growing in what is known as “botryoidal” habit: appearing bubbly and bulbous in nature. This particular specimen is a geode, or perhaps a vug; both of these are small pockets in solid stone where crystals have room to grow, rather than becoming concretions between rock layers.

This specimen appears to most likely be stalactites: rock formations made by drops of water seeping through the rock, taking mineral deposits with them, and leaving trace amounts of the mineral behind as it drips down. Over the course of centuries, these deposited minerals form thee stalactites you see there. What makes this specimen most interesting is that semi-translucent layer that covers the sky-blue Chrysocolla; this appears to be Quartz.

What would cause this change to occur? Several factors may have come into play, but the general cause was a change in mineral content in the water seeping through the rock. At the time of the Chrysocolla deposits, water - perhaps with a slight acidic content - was passing through a copper vein. Maybe the copper eroded away, or maybe water came from a different direction or through different rock; a rock rich in silicate material. If you’ve ever looked closely at sand, you’d have noticed the transparency of most of the grains. This is silica, the same substance Quartz is made of.

So, as the water sank through the rock and passed over the Chrysocolla stalactites, it encrusted them with beautiful translucent Quartz. At some point in time, the water flow stopped, ceasing the growth of the stalactites. This could have been hundreds or thousands of years ago, or as recently as it was mined.