.9" Polished Malachite Heart - Congo

This is a beautiful, hand-polished, brilliant green malachite heart mined in the Congo. The lapidary work is very nice, and allows for the great, natural, botryoidal patterns from the minerals formation, to be seen. There is a small, pre-drilled hole at the top of the heart, allowing for jewelry application.

Malachite is a dark green, copper based mineral with the formula Cu2CO3(OH)2. It often forms botryoidal masses in fractures deep underground where the water table or hydrothermal fluids provide the means for chemical precipitation. It rarely forms crystals and it is often associated with another copper based mineral azurite. It was used as a mineral pigment in green paints from antiquity until about 1800.
FOR SALE
$13
DETAILS
SPECIES
Malachite
LOCATION
Katanga Province, Congo
SIZE
.9" wide, .8" tall
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#63196