Malachite | Democratic Republic of Congo
An impressive piece of the mineral malachite, part polished and with a tantalising rich green colour. Carefully chosen during one of our more recent trips to South Africa, this piece was mined in the Kolwezi mine in Democratic Republic of Congo. Kolwezi is a region 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 is 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 ground down to enable it to 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 from malachite. Although rare, pigments from natural minerals are still used by some artists today.
This exceptional piece of malachite will surely compliment any collection of rocks and minerals.
Weight (grams) : 1400
Size (cms) : 8 x 9 x 3.7