4.4" Azurite on Orange Barite - Morocco

This specimen features vibrant aggregations of azurite on orange and white barite. The structure of the barite can still be see beneath the azurite, giving the crystalized portion a truly unique appearance. Minuscule amounts of malachite can be found in small bunches sporadically throughout the matrix.

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 near Boulemane Province, Fès-Meknès Region, Morocco
Malachite, Azurite & Barite
Boulemane Province, Fès-Meknès Region, Morocco
4.4" long, 3.6" wide