Azurite & Malachite from Laos

 
  Azurite and malachite   from the Sepon Mine, Vilabouly, Savannakhet, Laos, 8 x 6 x 5 cm. Price available upon request. (Photo: Mia Dixon)

Azurite and malachite from the Sepon Mine, Vilabouly, Savannakhet, Laos, 8 x 6 x 5 cm. Price available upon request. (Photo: Mia Dixon)

 

This specimen was offered to be in sync with the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show theme, "Shades of Blue: Minerals of the World." This beauty hails from the Sepon Mine in southern Laos, an open pit copper and gold mine. (Gold production was suspended in 2013.) Its azurite blades range from deep blue to brilliant, and the malachite features bulbous apricot-like blobs, berry-like rounds, and even a pseudomorph at lower right. It's a beautifully complex specimen that calls out for consideration.

 

This specimen was featured in the February 2016 issue of our newsletter Pala Mineralis

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