.9" Copper Rose Cabochon Pair

This is a pair of lustrous, .9" tall native copper cabochons. The material was collected from the Calumet & Hecla Mine in Houghton County, Michigan and has been shaped and polished to a glossy finish. These cabochons would be perfect for jewelry making, primarily for earrings as they are a matched pair.

Native copper is an uncombined form of copper that occurs as a natural mineral. Copper is one of the few metallic elements to occur in native form, although it most commonly occurs in oxidized states and mixed with other elements. Native copper was an important ore of copper in historic times and was used by pre-historic peoples.

Native copper occurs rarely as isometric cubic and octahedral crystals, but more typically as irregular masses and fracture fillings. It has a reddish, orangish, and/or brownish color on fresh surfaces, but typically is weathered and coated with a green tarnish of copper carbonate.
Native Copper
Calumet & Hecla Mine, Houghton County, Michigan
.9 x .6" each