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Chalcanthite occurs in a few different shapes, but the most popular is a bright blue-green crystalline formation. The pieces most popular with collectors are generally prismatic or tabular crystals on a stone matrix.
Uses and History
Chalcanthite can be used as an ore of Copper – although, given its solubility, it is only viable as an ore in the driest regions.
It is also prized as a mineral specimen, due to its beautiful colours and unusual growths. Unfortunately, the same applies – they are unlikely to be found outside the driest regions.
Chalcanthite naturally occurs in several countries, including Australia, Austria, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, the UK, and the USA.
However, lab grown specimens are significantly more common than natural pieces – high quality natural specimens are few and far between!
Do not taste test Chalcanthite; it is poisonous.
Photos of Chalcanthite
Hazards and Warnings
Chalcanthite is poisonous when dissolved in water. It should not be taste tested, and it should never be placed in water – especially a natural water source. It has been used as an insecticide and rat poison.
Almost all rocks, minerals (and, frankly, almost all other substances on earth) can produce toxic dust when cutting, which can cause serious respiratory conditions including silicosis.
When cutting or polishing rocks, minerals, shells, etc, all work should be done wet to minimise the dust, and a suitable respirator or extraction system should be used.
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