A great little Specimen of Velvet Malachite with Cerussite. This piece looks way better in person than my photos, it’s a very aesthetic specimen and comes from a renowned Aussie location for these minerals. It is mounted on perspex to go straight into your cabinet.
Browns Deposit, Rum Jungle, Northern Territory, Australia.
4.2cm x 2.4cm x 1.5cm, 28g.
Malachite, Copper Carbonate Hydroxide
Named in antiquity (see Pliny the Elder, 79 CE) molochitus after the Greek for “mallows,” in allusion to the green colour of the leaves. Known in the new spelling, malachites, at least by 1661. Malachite is a green, very common secondary copper mineral with a widely variable habit. Single crystals and clusters of distinguishable crystals are uncommon, but when found they are typically acicular to prismatic. It is also frequently found as a pseudomorph after Azurite crystals, which are generally more tabular in shape.