- Small Cabinet, 9.5 x 7.0 x 3.3 cm
- Shilu Mine, Yangchun Co., Guangdong Prov., China
This is a particularly elegant, floating specimen of malachite: Rounded botryoids of satiny-lustered, dark forest-green malachite to 3.3 cm across, are slightly intergrown, giving the specimen a lovely sculptural form. These unique specimens form as thin crusts on matrix that pops off as they are mined, leaving freeflaoting malachite "sculptures" like this. When lit in a showcase, or with a light, they show flashing "eyes" like a catseye effect in gemstones, moving across the bubbly growths. They are much more beautiful in person!