Large Malachite Mineral
An impressive piece of malachite from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Part polished and with tantalising colour, it comes from the Kolwezi mine which is an area that's extremely important for mining copper. Malachite can usually be found in or close to copper mines.
Some of the world's finest malachite comes from Africa and in particular Congo (formerly Zaire) and it's believed to have been one of the earliest ores of copper. First mined over 5000 years ago in the Sinai and Eastern deserts of Ancient Egypt, malachite was also ground down so that it could be used as a cosmetic particularly around the eyes, as a pigment for paint and as a glaze to colour glass. It continued to be used as a pigment for thousands of years and the green colour in some of the finest works of art were created using malachite. Although rare, pigments from natural minerals are still used by some artists today.
This striking piece of malachite would make great addition to any collection of rough or polished rocks and minerals.
Weight (grams) : 1400
Size (cms) : 8 x 9 x 3.7