3.5" Malachite with Azurite with Quartz - Morocco

This specimen mainly displays incredibly blue azurite, along with aggregations of vivid green malachite, all coating small quartz crystals. Most of this specimens azurite and malachite formed in fibrous, fan-like projections. The botryoidal bubbles of malachite and azurite surrounding the quartz crystals, give the specimen a truly unique and colorful appearance.

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 vibrant 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.
Malachite with Azurite
3.5" long, 2.6" wide