4.2" Beautiful Malachite Stalactite Cluster - Congo

This is an incredible malachite stalactite cluster, collected in the Congo. The layering of this botryoidal malachite can be seen by looking where the malachite has been broken off from its natural location. The base is relatively flat, allowing for natural aesthetic presentation. However, the specimen is accompanied by an acrylic display stand to assist with preferred presentation.

Malachite is an intense green copper-based mineral that can be found in a wide variety of forms. Malachite can grow in botryoidal masses, stalactitic formations, and reniform formations, typically as a tight cluster of fanning fibrous needles that make up a seemingly solid mass. As layers continue to stack during formation, a banded pattern can sometimes begin to take shape, which explains the rings in all shades of green that are seen on most polished malachite specimens.

Malachite results from the weathering of other copper ores and is very often found associated with other copper-based minerals such as Azurite and Chrysocolla. It can be found in copper deposits around the world, but the Democratic Republic Of The Congo is the primary source for polished malachite and mineral specimens.

Malachite has been prized since ancient times, first as a utilitarian copper ore, then as an ornamental stone. Due to it's value as a decorative stone, it's rarely mined as a copper ore anymore.
Republic of Congo
4.2 x 4.1"