4.6" Azurite and Malachite on Quartz - Morocco

 
 

This specimen contains vibrant malachite and azurite crystals that formed from a quartz crystal matrix. This specimen was collected from Morocco and has a flat base, allowing for aesthetic presentation without the use of a display stand.

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.

Silicon Dioxide, also know as SiO2 or Quartz, is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Quartz crystals generally grow in silica-rich, hot watery solutions called hydrothermal environments, at temperatures between 100°C and 450°C, and usually under very high pressure. Quartz veins are formed when open fissures are filled with hot water during the closing stages of mountains forming, and can be hundreds of millions of years old.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Malachite & Azurite
LOCATION
Morocco
SIZE
4.6" long, 3.3" long
CATEGORY
ITEM
#92546