• Chrysocolla ps. after Malachite ps. after Azurite with Quartz
  • Chrysocolla ps. after Malachite ps. after Azurite with Quartz
  • Chrysocolla ps. after Malachite ps. after Azurite with Quartz
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Chrysocolla ps. after Malachite ps. after Azurite with Quartz

ID: CC20836
This show-stopping specimen is composed of double pseudomorphs of intense sky-blue Chrysocolla replacing Malachite after Azurite and coated in Quartz standing near-vertical on a rich bed of Quartz encrusted Chrysocolla of the same colour.  The specimen is from a magnificent recent find in the Tenke-Fungurume area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Central Africa.  The primary tabular Azurite crystal, now pseudomorphed to Chrysocolla, 5.3 cm tall, is intersected towards its base by a leaning 2.7 cm long similar crystal.  What sets this specimen apart is the plate of matrix on which it stands, an aesthetic broad expanse of vivid sky-blue Chrysocolla coated in sparkling micro-Quartz crystals with a bright glassy lustre.  Beneath this the matrix is a patchy mixture of earthy Chrysocolla and light leaf-green Malachite.  The main tabular Chrysocolla crystal forms a tapering Gothic window-like habit.  The Tenke-Fungurume area delineates a 30 km copper-cobalt mineralised zone between Tenke hill in the NW and Fungurume hill in the SE of the Kolwezi mining district.  The region holds large ore reserves and to date a suite of 31 minerals have been recorded, including some exceedingly rare copper species.  This is a classic Chrysocolla pseudomorph from the Kolwezi mining district of the DRC, a specimen which will make a stunning addition to any great collection, be it specialised in Central African minerals or rare aesthetic miniatures.

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Dimensions
6.0 × 5.5 × 4.2 cm
Categories
Carbonates, Pseudomorphs, Quartz and Agate, Silicates
Locality
Tenke-Fungurume area, Kolwezi mining district, Lualaba, DR Congo, Africa

Minerals on Specimen

Minerals on specimen
Chrysocolla, Malachite, Quartz

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