Copper Ore Decorator with Copper Michigan - Small
Copper ore decorator end cuts. Native copper with interesting rock formations occurs in veins, spots, streaks or large masses mixed with the rock matrix. The color of the rock may be solid or a mixture of red conglomerate, green epidote, white quartz, or black basalt. The copper ore is discovered in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. Our decorator pieces have been buffed polished and coated to enchance the beauty of the piece. Each piece also has copper Michigan cut-outs on the front of the piece. You get a choice of Full Michigan, Upper Peninsula, or Lower Michigan copper cut-out on your decorator piece. Photos are representative only. Each piece is unique.
Michigan Native Copper
Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula is the most important locality in the world for pure native copper. Mining began in 1845 and continued until 1968 and over 5 million tons of refined copper were recovered from Michigan's copper mines. In the early 1900's it led the world in copper production and "Lake Copper" was the purity standard to which other refined copper was compared.
Long before the mining operations of the past century began in the Keweenaw, pre-historic peoples mined copper from the mineral rich veins.