Azurite on Malachite
Miniature, 4.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
Sepon Mine, Vilabouly District, Savannakhet Province, Laos
Gorgeous specimens are starting to trickle out from Laos, and offered for sale in southern China. This crust of ocherous limonite hosts divergent acicular sprays of velvety, green malachite to 1 cm in length, upon which are emplaced a cluster of equant, very lustrous, rich, neon-blue azurite crystals to 7 mm across. Unlike most of these, it has no damage.