Malachite
description: LOCALITY: Brown's Deposit, Rum Jungle, near Batchelor, Northern Territory, Australia 4" across Ex Gerry Pauley collection LOCALITY: Brown's Deposit, Rum Jungle, near Batchelor, Northern Territory, Australia It was mined during the late 1970's. Gerry Pauley mined specimens at Brown's Deposit and kept this piece in his collection until 1994 when he sold it to me. I have seen thousands of lesser pieces and have seen none which are of higher esthetics or general quality. This piece is superior because: (a) High three dimensional relief between the peaks and troughs of the malachite. (b) The surface of the malachite glistens, looks "as soft as felt" and is not bruised. (c) The specimen is clean. Most specimens from this locality are not. (d) All of this piece is something that is a joy to admire since it does not have any ugly and detracting "amorphous looking" malachite attached to it. (e) The malachite is complimented by a "beach" of golden yellow, crystalline pyromorphite. The combination of these two species makes this piece "as pretty as a picture." Malachite and pyromorphite only come together as attractive eye visible specimens at Rum Jungle. (f) The provenance adds interest to this piece. A reflection of the quality of this piece is the fact two well known Australian collectors who understand the minerals of this locality both kept it in their collections for at least 15 years. It is with interest that this piece is generally superior in terms of its general esthetics and quality than malachite, pyromorphite and cerussite combination specimens from Rum Jungle in the display collections of The Museum of Victoria in Melbourne, The South Australian Museum in Adelaide and The Australian Museum in Sydney. A small mining lease controlled by Hunan Metals Corporation produced a few hundred malachite with pyromorphite combination specimens during the dry seasons of 2010 and 2012. This locality is very close to Brown's Deposit. I also bought many of the more recently extracted pieces.
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