3" Malachite and 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.
An orange limonite coating can be seen covering many of the quartz crystals, while some pristine transparent quartz can be found protruding from what could be considered the top of 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 near M'Cissi, Alnif, Tinghir Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco.
Quartz, Malachite & Azurite
3" long, 1.8" wide