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Intensely shiny fibrous malachite specimen.  The small crystalline surfaces are highly lustrous, creating a shimmering chatoyant effect.  The piece is of the highest quality fibrous malachite that is available out there.


From Shilu Mine, China.  This specimen is shown mounted on the Small Acrylic Base with mounting putty, included with purchase. Please see the ruler photo for size reference.


Malachite is a highly sought-after mineral among collectors due to its striking green hues and unique banded patterns. This copper carbonate hydroxide mineral typically forms through the weathering and oxidation of copper ores, resulting in botryoidal, fibrous, or stalactitic structures that showcase its rich, vibrant colors and concentric rings. Aesthetically, malachite is prized for its lush, silky luster and intricate designs, making it a popular choice for ornamental use and jewelry. Significant occurrences of malachite are found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, China's Guangdong Province, and the Southwestern United States, where it often coexists with other copper minerals such as azurite, enhancing its desirability and value to mineral collectors.

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