The famous Shilu Mine was the source of some superb Malachite specimens, similar to those from DR Congo, but the locality is now flooded and completely shut down, so very little is available on the market these days. This piece was found in the final years of production at the locality and features fantastic, rich forest green colored, botryoidal aggregates with a semi-resinous luster on the exterior and a gorgeous chatoyance on the surfaces when rotated in the light. The largest "ball" measures 2.6 cm across. Aside from a few tiny bruises, the piece is in superb shape, though it's not complete around the edges where it was removed from the pocket wall. One rarely sees full cabinet sized display specimens of this material these days from Shilu, so if you like Malachite, copper minerals, Chinese specimens or secondary ore minerals, don't pass this one up for a great price! Valued at $1,500.
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