Malachite pseudomorph after Azurite (fine specimen)

Bou Beker Mining District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region, Morocco
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
Small Cabinet, 5.7 x 3.9 x 3.8 cm
Start Time: 02/09/2023 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 02/16/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

There are many places in the world where you can find Malachite pseudomorphs after Azurite, but this one stands out in my mind as it has a certain quality that gives it an edge over others I've seen. Whether it's the overall arrangement / aesthetics of the crystals, their distinctive appearance, or fact that the crystals are largely damage-free, this one is just a bit different from others. The piee hosts several bladed pseudomorphs of dark green Malachite after preexisting Azurite measuring up to 3.2 cm, sitting on minor oxidized matrix. If you look closely, you can see there is a distinct two-tone effect as the tips of the crystals have attractive "ridges", and they are a slightly ligther green hue than the rest of the blades. Very showy, fine quality and a wonderful piece that would make a great addition to any secondary ore mineral collection, a suite of pseudomorphs, copper minerals, or specifically pieces from the Bou Beker District. Priced at $1,750 in the inventory. From the collection of Kurt Hefendehl (#78 M), a well-known German collector all over Europe with worldwide contacts to dealers and collectors. He started collecting seriously at the age of 14 and his great and varied worldwide collection reached over 6000 pieces. He was very active mineralogically until shortly before his passing in 2020 at the age of 82. Considering his collection had a large number of pieces, it still had an unusually high standard of quality from most worldwide localities. He particularly specialized in all classics as well as minerals of the Black Forest, where he spent much time collecting. His Black Forest and German subcollections went to his good friend Wolfgang Wendel. We at The Arkenstone have the privilege of offering the remainder of this great worldwide collection over the next two to three years through our various platforms.

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