1.7" Silky, Fibrous Malachite Crystals on Matrix - Morocco

This is a gorgeous, silky specimen of radiating fibrous malachite on matrix, mined in Morocco. Fibrous malachite is an unusual form of malachite made up of slender prisms of tiny, fibrous needles. These needles merge to create sprays and fans of deep green color. Sometimes referred to as silky or velvet malachite, it's a very showy and displayable form of this forest green mineral.

Malachite is an intense green copper-based mineral that can be found in a wide variety of forms. Malachite can grow in botryoidal masses, stalactitic formations, and reniform formations, typically as a tight cluster of fanning fibrous needles that make up a seemingly solid mass. As layers continue to stack during formation, banded patterns can sometimes begin to take shape, explaining the rings in all shades of green seen on most polished malachite specimens.

Malachite results from the weathering of other copper ores, and is very often found associated with other copper-based minerals such as azurite and chrysocolla. It can be found in copper deposits around the world, but the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the primary source for polished malachite and mineral specimens.

Malachite has been prized since ancient times, first as a utilitarian copper ore, then as an ornamental stone. Due to its value as a decorative stone, it is rarely mined as a copper ore anymore.
Kerrouchene, Khenifra Province, Morocco
1.7" long, 1.3" wide