Malachite (primary xls) with Cuprite

Mashamba West Mine, Shaba Province, Zaire
Small Cabinet, 6.0 x 3.8 x 2.4 cm
Start Time: 03/09/2009 8:20:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 03/19/2009 8:02:38 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

An excellent and showy malachite with cuprite specimen from one of the famous copper mines of Shaba Province, Zaire. Seven, sharp, lustrous, dark wine-red cuprite crystals to 6 mm are aesthetically scattered on a sculptural crust of blocky, primary malachite blades. The association is uncommon. Primary malachite of this quality is more significant, though, and also is not that common from Zaire or anywhere. This is a highly representative specimen of for this well-known locale with the extra unusual aesthetics of the cuprite! Valued $750

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