La Farola Mine, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile
13.8 X 18.4 X 4.9 cm
Collected around 2005, this is a very large and rich plate of a rare copper mineral from the type locality. An excellent example in a large size!
Collection number 11218.
Photo by IFM
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Collector’s Edge Specimen Preparation Standards
Collector’s Edge Minerals Inc. operates its own laboratory for the purpose of processing mineral specimens for cleaning, trimming, stabilization, repair, restoration, and documentation. Our laboratory work has helped set the standards for our industry. Our laboratory customers have confirmed what we believe; that the quality of the service received from the Collector’s Edge specimen preparation lab is without equal. We are proud of the superior work done by the Collector’s Edge laboratory staff.
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The matrix rock or crystal-to-crystal contacts of some specimens are so friable/fragile that the mineral specimen may require reinforcement with an adhesive substance. Stabilization will help to preserve delicate mineral specimens during shipping and during handling and display in your collection. When stabilization is performed on a specimen we make every effort to ensure that the stabilizing adhesive is “invisible” on the finished specimen. Stabilization is disclosed in the description of the individual specimens on our website, on our invoice, and on the specimen label.
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