2.2" Very Vibrant Botryoidal Azurite Specimen

This specimen beautifully displays some of the most lustrous blues and violets that azurite has to offer. Small amounts of vibrant green malachite can be seen scattered throughout the pool of blue azurite, as well. Small associations of quartz can also be found imbedded in the matrix.

The botryoidal formation of azurite and malachite on this specimen, ads a nice touch to the otherwise rough iron/copper rich matrix.

Azurite and malachite are known to form in union with each other since their chemical makeup is very similar. In fact, the presence of more or less water in the location of formation is enough to determine whether an abundance of malachite over azurite, or vise-versa, will accumulate.

These minerals tend to be found near copper deposits, which accounts for the colors the minerals display. This association of azurite and malachite on copper rich, iron oxide matrix was found near M'Cissi, Alnif, Tinghir Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco.
Azurite & Malachite
2.2" long, 1.9" long