Large, Azurite Crystal on Druzy Quartz - Morocco

 
This specimen contains a beautiful, vibrant azurite crystal cluster sitting in a pocket of sparkling druzy quartz. This specimen was collected from morocco.

Azurite is a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral with a chemical composition of Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2. It is best known for it's beautiful and vibrant blue appearance, typically forming with other colorful, copper rich minerals.

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.

Silicon Dioxide, also known 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.

FOR SALE
$15
DETAILS
SPECIES
Azurite, Malachite & Quartz
LOCATION
Morocco
SIZE
.5" wide azurite cluster on 2.9 x 2.4" Rock
CATEGORY
ITEM
#137029