Cuprite, (on Dolomite)


Composition: Cu2O
Crystal System : Cubic
Lustre : Adamantine, sub-metallic, earthy
Hardness : 3.5-4.0
Specific Gravity : 6.14


  • Supergene
  • 1st Oxidation Zone
  • 2nd Oxidation Zone
  • 3rd Oxidation Zone

Notable Finds

Spectacular examples of cuprite (v. chalcotrichite) were found on 12 Level, towards the base of the first oxidation zone (ref. Wilhelm Klein collection # 807; Harvard University # 126820). Von Bezing et al. (2014) also note chalcotrichite with copper and calcite from the second oxidation zone. In the third oxidation zone, on 44 Level, cuprite crystals to 50 mm were found.