6" Malachite with Azurite On Quartz - Morocco

This specimen mainly displays small vibrant green malachite crystals, with breathtaking blue azurite crystals scattered between. Most of the specimens azurite formed in botryoidal fashion, while the malachite mainly formed with fan-like projections. On the opposite side of the specimen from the main malachite and azurite accumulation, a bed of small limonite coated quartz crystals can be seen coating the entire matrix.

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 vibrant 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
6.0" long, 3.3" long