Azurite on Malachite
Small Cabinet, 5.2 x 4.4 x 2.3 cm
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Ex. James and Marjorie Ferguson
Wow! This is a stunning combination piece featuring an unaltered azurite crystal perched like a cowboy on a bucking primary malachite matrix! The azurite measures 3 x 2.25 x 1 cm and is doubly-terminated, since you can see the bottom peek out. The azurite has ELECTRIC color and luster to it, and really jumps out at you. It has a phenomenal, lustrous, broad termination that is most unusual. See closeup photo for that. Also, it is notable that the azurite is still an azurite...most Tsumeb azurites in association with malachite have themselves altered at least partially to malachite but this remains 99% azurite with just small spots of alteration having begun in pocket. A stellar, 3-dimensional piece of a common species, common association eve, but in a uniquely aesthetic arrangement