Dims: 2.3 x 1.6 x 1.6" (5.9 x 4.1 x 4.0 cm)
Wt: 2.64 oz. (75.0 g)
Morenci Mine, Morenci, Arizona, U.S.A.
Scores of tiny Azurite crystals line the hollows in the red-brown host rock of this hand specimen. These crystals are in moderately good condition, as considerable damage is visible on exposed edges, and do not tend to exceed 0.1 or 0.2" (2-5 mm) in diameter. Their monoclinic bladed form appears to be good, however, and all have the deep azure-blue color and a bright pearly luster that is nearly vitreous in some places. Even with their small size, they are only translucent at best. They rest on crusts of a pale, whitish, powdery substance that is likely a decomposition product of either Azurite or malachite.