This is a truly incredible association of Malachite, Azurite coating a plate of Quartz crystals. This specimen displays a large quartz crystal measuring around 2.4", protruding from the matrix below along with many smaller crystals. Along with the orange limonite coating, this specimen is a colorful collage of intense colors that are likely to catch anyones eyes upon first glance.
Azurite and Malachite are known to form in union with each other, for their chemical makeup is very similar. In fact, the presence of more or less water in the location of formation, is enough to determine whether an abundance of malachite
over azurite, or vise-versa, will accumulate.
These minerals tend to be found near copper deposits, which accounts for the colors the minerals display. This association of azurite and malachite on copper rich, iron oxide matrix was found near M'Cissi, Alnif, Tinghir Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco.