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Worldwide Malachite Specimens

Malachite is the most common secondary copper containing mineral species. It is 70% copper. It is a hydrous hydroxy copper carbonate that ancient civilizations learned to refine copper from. Malachite is closely related to azurite chemically and the two species are often found together. Both malachite and azurite are among the 20 most recognized and collected mineral species among people who preserve esthetic mineral specimens. Although both species are common, fine to elite specimens of these are really not that common.  Hence, fine azurite and malachite specimens sell for six figured prices. Since azurite is rarer than malachite and since azurite occurs as crystals much more commonly than what malachite does, building an azurite collection is way more expensive.  


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