Copper after cuprite
description: <p style="text-align: justify;">LOCALITY: Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia  <br /><br />This important specimen is one that I have shadowed for years. I first learned about this unique piece in 1994 when James Gastineau of California told me about it during one of our many long telephone conversations. James owns one of the world's top collections of native copper and is an expert in this area of mineral specimen collecting. In 1994, this piece was part of the collection of Kent England of Merced, California. After Kent sold his collection, this piece was bought by Rukin Jelks (1927 to 2014) and remained part of his collection for many years. Rukin Jelks was a lifelong resident of Tucson, Arizona and he assembled one of the world's greatest mineral specimen collection. <br /><br />In 2012, I was fortunate to find this wonderful piece in the hands of Gene Schlepp during a visit to his home in Tucson, Arizona in late 2012. In late 2016, I made an agreement with Gene to buy this piece from him and the purchase will be settled in 2017. <br /><br />The photo of this piece is of low quality because it is only a screen shot. In November 2017, Jeff Scovil will photograph it. I will then post a much high quality photo of this piece on this website.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photo by Matthew Webb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia </p>
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