Malachite with Azurite

  ¡Felices fiestas!  Malachite with azurite from the Milpillas Mine in Sonora, Mexico, 12 x 9.5 x 4 cm, topped with a 4.5 x 4 x 3-cm 5-star spinel from Burma, adorned with pyrite balls from China. (Photo: Mia Dixon)

¡Felices fiestas! Malachite with azurite from the Milpillas Mine in Sonora, Mexico, 12 x 9.5 x 4 cm, topped with a 4.5 x 4 x 3-cm 5-star spinel from Burma, adorned with pyrite balls from China. (Photo: Mia Dixon)

This month we feature a malachite and azurite from south of the border that seems to take on a symbolic holiday form of (all) sorts. The evergreen mass is a fibrous chatoyant malachite. Dangling from the bottom left are four main azurite clusters: pristine well-formed crystals that even show some transparency. The rest of the specimen has then been magically hung with spherical pyrite ornaments from China and topped with a complex penetrating spinel twin from Burma. A dazzling array for the season upon us. 

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

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