Azurite
description: 2" across There is very minor tip damage near the termination of the crystal on the left. The faces on the "back" of the piece are crystal faces. At one stage, this piece was impaled by a manganese oxide rich stalactite. Despite the tip damage, I still value this piece very highly. Would one decide to not hang a Rembrandt in an art gallery as a result of a flaw affecting less than 0.1% of the painting's surface area? Of course not. I content that this azurite (although only a miniature), may be the most sculptural azurite specimen in existence. It has the appearance of a lustrous, neon-blue butterfly. To compensate for the tip damage (which I have so honestly over-emphasized) however, the reverse side of the piece is also crystallized and lustrous - aside from a hollow on the bottom of the reverse side. Before this piece was excavated, it was attached in situ to a soft stalactite (or stalagmite maybe) of manganese oxide. My apologies for not being able to retrieve the stalactite so this piece could be repaired. However, considering the artistic license that is accepted by some in the mineral collecting community nowadays, it may be appropriate to do a "little" RESTORATION. Why not just guess how long the original stalactite was? That way, we may be able to find a wad stalactite of about the right diameter and thickness so it can be inserted in the hole at the back of this specimen.
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