Libethenite on Pseudomalachite
Small Cabinet, 7.7 x 4.3 x 2.2 cm
Nchanga Mine, Chingola, Copperbelt, Zambia

Totally covering a thin crust of matrix is a bubbly surface of drusy, spherical, lustrous, deep green pseudomalachite. Perched on the pseudomalachite are lustrous, green-black crystals of libethenite, to 3 mm across. Ex Bill Pinch collection. He obtained it from mine engineer Warren Taylor. A rare piece, both for the locale and the combination of species, this is the only one I have seen for sale until now. I am told these came out in the 1980s.

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