- Kipushi deposit
- Katanga Province
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- 2.3 by 1.8 by 1.0 cm – Thumbnail specimen (fits into a 3 cm cube)
Kipushite is a hydrated zinc copper phosphate. While the name kipushite was originally applied to a blue-green copper phosphate mineral from Kipushi by Buttgenbach (1927), later study showed that material to be veszelyite (Zsivny, 1932). When a new mineral was discovered at Kipushi with a different chemistry and a different symmetry, Piret et al. (1985) reused the name kipushite. Kipushite forms a continuous coverage of submillimetric crystals on a friable matrix. Rare! This specimen was part of the personal collection of Ralph Merrill, proprietor of the prolific mail order business Minerals Unlimited, obtained in 1998.
Item code: MS0807
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