Copper Ore | Gemopedia

Many minerals are actually copper ores, meaning they contain copper that could actually be extracted. Copper weathering is often involved in the unique coloration of specimens. Popular minerals that fall in this category include azurite, malachite and chrysocolla.
Colors
Copper Red To Green, Black If Tarnished

Copper Ore Classification

Common Name

Copper Ore

Species

NA

Variety

Colors

Copper Red To Green, Black If Tarnished

Alternate Names

Gemstone Groups

Key Separations

Appearance, Mohs hardness and SG

Comments

Copper Ore Optical Properties

Transparency

Opaque

Refractive Index

Birefringence

Optic Character

NA

Optic Sign

Polariscope Reaction

Fluorescence

SWUV: none
LWUV: none

CCF Reaction

Pleochroism

None

Dispersion

Comments

Copper Ore Chemistry & Crystallography

Chemical Name

Copper

Chemical Formula

Cu

Synthesis

Crystal System

Cubic

Classification

Native Element

Nature

Natural

Crystallinity

Crystalline

Comments

Copper Ore Characteristic Physical Properties

Hardness

2.5-3

Streak

Copper-Red

Specific Gravity

8.94-8.95

Toughness

Inclusions

Luster

Metallic

Stability

Fracture

Hackly

Cleavage

None

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