4.9" Vibrant, Sparkling Azurite With Malachite - China

This is a gorgeous, 4.9" wide association of sparkling azurite crystals with fibrous malachite, collected from the Liufengshan Mine in China. The azurite crystals spread across a cavity within the malachite encrusted matrix, and bear a deep-blue coloration.

The specimen is accompanied by an acrylic display stand.

Azurite and malachite often 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 vice-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 in the Liufengshan mine.
Azurite & Malachite
Liufengshan Mine, Guichi District, Chizhou, Anhui, China
Size: 4.9 x 4.2"