This magnificent azurite with exceptionally large crystals is one of the finest crystallised azurites from its locality and the best Australian azurite in our collection, apart from Broken Hill examples. It was purchased from C J Holland for £4, 10 shillings in 1908.
No. 4 level, 400 ft (122 m). Girofla Mine, Mungana Queensland, Australia
13 x 15 x 6.5 cm
It has been partially replaced (or pseudomorphed) by the green copper carbonate, malachite. The Girofla Mine was well-known for these azurite/malachite pseudomorphs and many have been preserved in old collections. This specimen has been on continuous display in at least four successive mineral exhibitions since its acquisition.
Azurite is a popular mineral among collectors because it is relatively common and accessible, the colour is very appealing and the crystals can be large with high lustre.
Azurite with malachite and quartz
Mt Hope, New South Wales, Australia. 8 x 3.5 x 3.3 cm. D.50033. Albert Chapman Collection.
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