Azurite, Malachite
Liufengshan Mine, Anqing-Guichi Mining District, Guichi District, Chizhou Prefecture, Anhui Province, China
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 4.2 x 2.3 cm
Even with all the Chinese azurite coming in over the past couple of years, it is hard to find specimens with large, eye-visible crystals; most are druses, and the Chinese want lots of money for the specimens with sizeable crystals. The crystals here are to 0.8 cm, so they qualify as unusually large. They follow a vein in chatoyant malachite.