Wholesale Lot: Gorgeous Fibrous Malachite From Congo - 24 Pieces
This is a wholesale flat of 24 pieces of stunning, fibrous Malachine from the Congo. This malachite contains millions of malachite needle-like crystals, all packed into dense fan like projections, leaving the combined terminations with a botryoidal appearance. These dark green specimens, have a beautiful silky shimmer throughout and chatoyant banding around the edges. The pieces range from 2-3" wide with most being closer to 2 1/2.
At $335 for the lots that comes out to just around $14 per piece.
Malachite results from the weathering of other copper ores and is very often found associated with other copper-based minerals such as Azurite and Chrysocolla. It can be found in copper deposits around the world, but the Democratic Republic Of The Congo is the primary source for polished malachite and mineral specimens.
Malachite has been prized since ancient times, first as a utilitarian copper ore, then as an ornamental stone. Due to it's value as a decorative stone, it's rarely mined as a copper ore anymore.