SM21-154
Malachite ps. after Azurite
$1,750.00
Small Cabinet, 6.8 x 6.4 x 4.1 cm
Seabra, Bahia, Brazil
Ex. Ken Roberts

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In the early 90s, a shocking find of beautiful Brazilian Azurite and Malachite specimens came to market, although they were mostly azurite and we soon realized that some of these were pseudomorphing to malachite. This was astonishing as copper minerals in such quantity and quality had ever been seen from Brazil, let alone in beautiful specimens. The few rare complete malachite pseudomorphs, like this one, were one in a hundred, even at the time. This specimen is highlighted by glistening, spheroidal rosettes of dark green Malachite to 2 cm across along with less than 1 mm to 4 mm, bright green balls of Malachite around the periphery and isolated on the brown-orange gossan matrix. The variegation and contrast of both dark and bright green Malachite on this piece is captivating. There is no evidence of Azurite on this piece even in a broken sphere at the bottom of the piece so we are interpreting this as a full replacement after Azurite - unusual for the location where most are merely partial and still intermixed. This is a choice and pristine small cabinet piece! ex Ken Roberts' well known aesthetic pseudomorph collection.

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