4.4" Quartz Crystals & Azurite & Malachite - Morocco

This is a truly incredible and unique association of Malachite, Azurite and Quartz. This specimen displays large quartz crystals, all measuring around 1.5", protruding from the matrix below. Each crystal is enveloped in both fibrous malachite and azurite. On the opposite side of the specimen from the quartz crystals, lies a bed of vibrant azurite and malachite association that coats the entire back side. This specimen is a collage of intense colors that are likely to catch anyones eyes upon first glance.

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 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
4.4" long, 2.5" wide, 1.7" tall