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Kipushite - Sold


Kipushite is a hydrated zinc copper phosphate. The name kipushite was originally applied to a blue-green copper phosphate mineral from Kipushi by Buttgenbach (1927). However, later study showed its identity with veszelyite (Zsivny, 1932; Buttgenbach, 1941). Decades later, the name kipushite was re-used by Piret et al. (1985) for a structurally distinct but chemically similar mineral also from Kipushi. Here kipushite forms a clusters of sub-millimetric crystals on hemimorphite matrix. Rare! A dealer label from Gilbert Gauthier (1924–2006) noting "superb crystals" accompanies the specimen.