Malachite and Chrysocolla Specimen from L'Etoile du Congo Mine, Katanga, Congo
Dimension: 9.7cm x 7.7cm x 2.4cm
Locality: L'Etoile du Congo Mine (Star of the Congo Mine; Kalukuluku Mine), Lubumbashi, Haut-Katanga, DR Congo
Do not be surprised – this is certainly NOT man-made!! It truly is a complete naturally formed, rare botryoidal occurrence of Malachite and Chrysocolla intermixed came out of the world-renowned L’Etoile du Congo Mine in extremely small, limited quantities. I am sure most of the connoisseur mineral collectors would know how rare this species is and how sought-after they are in the mineral world, for the obvious reason of its great beauty! Acquired in 2015, it is really difficult to find a supreme specimen like this where the colorations and patterns are so perfectly matched! The striking, perfectly formed Malachite “bulleyes” and eye-catching turquoise blue bands of Chrysocolla are in a gorgeous balance. The natural vitreous luster that is so plastic and pretty you can hardly believe it is real, but it is! This represents one of the rarest and unique species on earth, an exceptionally fine specimen that should be displayed in the museum.