- Cabinet, 10.0 x 8.9 x 9.4 cm
- Star of the Congo Mine, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo
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Sparkling botryoids of green, primary Malachite accent a contrasting ocher-colored quartzite matrix in this cabinet-sized specimen from Katanga in the DRC, an area rich in copper minerals. The Malachite spheres are both clustered and isolated on the matrix making for a very well composed and balanced display piece. The scintillating Malachite botryoids range in size from a few millimeters up to 2.3 cm. Pieces with such isolated botryoidal balls like this from the DRC came out a few decades ago and are difficult to obtain.