Musonoi Mine, Kolwezi, Western area, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
Cabinet, 10.1 x 5.3 x 2.8 cm
This rare Copper Uranyl Hydroxide is best known from the various copper deposits in the Congo, and was first discovered in 1932. The species is named after Pierre Van den Brande a geologist from Belgium who worked in the Congo (Zaire). The intense deep emerald green color of these crystals along with their relative rarity is what attracts collectors. This specimen is filled with small sparkling crystals of Vandenbrandeite with Malachite on matrix. Ex. Richard Kosnar Collection.