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Cuprite in the variety known as Chalcotrichite, found at Cornwall, England. Cuprite has been a major ore of copper and is still mined in many places around the world. Of all the copper ores except for native copper, cuprite gives the greatest yield of copper per molecule. Varieties, such as chalcotrichite, show tufts of needle-like crystals that have a beautiful red colour and a special sparkle that make them popular display cabinet specimens.

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Cuprite in the variety known as Chalcotrichite, found at Cornwall, England. Cuprite has been a major ore of copper and is still mined in many places around the world. Of all the copper ores except for native copper, cuprite gives the greatest yield of copper per molecule. Varieties, such as chalcotrichite, show tufts of needle-like crystals that have a beautiful red colour and a special sparkle that make them popular display cabinet specimens.