The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to some of the world's largest malachite reserves and many of the finest specimens also come from there. Although Congo is one of the most important producers of malachite, two enormous deposits in the Ural Mountains of Russia known as Gmeshevskoe and Mednorudnyanskoye also produce significant amounts. Both were discovered as recently as the mid 19th century.
Irrespective of shape or form, malachite is usually easy relatively easy to identify because of its distinctive colour and markings.
Two small slits through which surface water would once have dripped are still present and visible. This exceptional piece of malachite has a slightly waxy lustre and under the right light sparkles beautifully.
This piece doesn't stand up by itself so needs to be positioned on a small stand or be supported from behind.