Azurite and Malachite
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 4.5 x 3.3 cm
Touissit Mine, near Oujda, Morocco
Ex. Herb Obodda

Sharp and very 3-dimensional, this is a very choice cluster of three Azurite crystals, two of which are quite large for the locality. The main crystal is 5 x 4.5 cm, and doubly-terminated. Note how the faces of the crystals have begun to pseudomorph to Malachite, creating alluring fields of green afloat within the lustrous, shimmering (and I mean shimmering) deep blue sea! The cluster is contacted along the back, but the presentations side is first-rate. These are NOT the typical slender crystals, but rather a more rare and robust style that could EASILY be confused for a Tsumeb specimen from the famous Perkin Sams pocket (which would be valued higher for that reason). Only a few distinct brown swatches of matrix attached to the back, identify this as Moroccan instead of Tsumeb material. Azurite and malachite specimens from Touissit are worldwide classics and this is a fine and aesthetic small cabinet of unusual style for this locality. Ex. Obodda collection.

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