2.3" Sparkling Azurite Crystal Cluster with Malachite - Laos

This specimen contains sparkling azurite crystal clusters protruding from a limonitic matrix with fibrous malachite. The azurite crystals radiate an incredible blue, with spectacular luster. Fibrous green malachite can be found between some of the azurite crystals in multiple locations around the specimen.

Azurite and Malachite are known to form in union with each other, for 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 in Laos.
Azurite & Malachite
Sepon Mine, Savannakhét Province, Laos
2.3" wide