Barite on malachite
description: <p style="text-align: justify;">LOCALITY: Shungulowe Mine, Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo <br /><br />10" tall <br /><br />Ex Joseph Freilich collection <br /><br />This piece was bought from Stuart Wilensky in 2003. <br /><br />Illustrated in "The Magnificant Mineral Collection of Joseph A Freilich" Sotheby's auction catalogue for the auction of the Freilich mineral collection in New York City in early 2001. <br /><br />This mineral combination is rare as attractive, eye visible specimens and this is probably the best example of its type in existence. I have seen a few combination specimens from this locality. The best was around 10% of the size and was not nearly as striking since the malachite "matrix" was not brightly colored and the barite crystals were not distinct. I have not seen malachite with barite as eye visible specimens from any other worldwide locality. Prospects of future production from Katanga province are poor.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photo by Matthew Webb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia  </p>
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