Superb piece of rough malachite mined in South Africa, meticulously chosen by one of the team from Stone Mania.
Malachite is a very soft and fragile mineral so finding rough pieces that are still in good condition can be a real challenge. On Mohs scale of mineral hardness malachite grades just 3½ to 4.
A popular lapidary material malachite is often polished as a gemstone and being opaque means that it tends to be shaped as a cabochon. Its distinctive colour and markings help with its identification and some of the world's finest material comes from Africa and in particular, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although we do a significant amount of our buying in South Africa, finding reasonably priced specimens that are undamaged is no easy task and pieces like this are often scooped up by mineral collectors and dealers as soon as they become available.
This piece of malachite would certainly make a great display piece but it should be touched/handled as little as possible.
Weight (grams): 700
Size (cms): 25 x 11.5 x 7.5