Chalcopyrite is a copper iron sulfide mineral that commonly forms in hydrothermal veins and replacement deposits. It often occurs alongside other sulfide minerals such as pyrite, sphalerite, and galena. Chalcopyrite is found in various geological settings, including copper ore deposits, metamorphic rocks, and sedimentary deposits. It is widespread and can be found in many countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Australia, and China.
In terms of appearance, chalcopyrite typically exhibits a brassy yellow color with metallic luster, giving it a shiny and reflective appearance. However, it can also display iridescent hues of purple, blue, green, and pink, which are caused by surface oxidation and tarnishing. Chalcopyrite crystals often form in distinctive tetrahedral or pseudocubic shapes, but they can also occur as massive aggregates or granular masses. The mineral has a Mohs hardness of around 3.5 to 4, making it relatively soft compared to other minerals. Chalcopyrite's striking appearance and metallic luster make it a popular mineral for collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Chakra: All Zodiac: Capricorn, Taurus Vibration: High (9) Mohs Scale: 3.5-4
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