Gorgeous 2.5" Polished Malachite Sphere - Congo

 
This is a beautiful, hand-polished sphere of brilliant green malachite from the Congo. The lapidary work is very nice, and allows for the great, natural, botryoidal patterns in the mineral to be seen. It makes for a very aesthetic display piece. Comes with a display stand.

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.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Malachite
LOCATION
Katanga Province, Congo
SIZE
2.5" wide
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#39400