Dims: 2.5 x 1.9 x 1.2" (6.4 x 4.8 x 3.0 cm)
Wt: 2.33 oz. (66.2 g)
Morenci Mine, Morenci, Arizona, U.S.A.
A single Azurite "rosette" rests on the brown-black host rock of this specimen. The rosette measures 0.6 x 0.5 x 0.3" (1.5 x 1.3 x 0.8 cm) and is in excellent condition, showing no human-induced damage. The form of the cluster is somewhat warped due to restricted growing space, but its shape is still generally round. The crystals that make up the cluster are small and so heavily intergrown that it is impossible to study them individually. They possess many well-formed edges and clean faces, however, that produce a bright sparkle. They give the cluster a deep blue color, but are essentially opaque. A few other smatterings of Azurite rest elsewhere on the host rock, but none of these show as good a form as the large cluster. The host rock is generally black-brown in color, but some areas have a pale cream coloration. It is dull in luster and rather chalky.