2" Malachite With Vivid Azurite - Laos

This specimen contains small azurite crystal clusters protruding from a matrix of limonite and 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, as well as the entirety of what could be considered the bottom side of the specimen.

The base of the specimen has been cut flat, allowing for aesthetic presentation.

Azurite and malachite often 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 vice-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 a copper-rich iron oxide matrix was found in Laos.
Azurite & Malachite
Sepon Mine, Savannakhét Province, Laos
2 x 1.7"