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RARE 4 Azurite Suns on Kaolinite Clay Matrix.

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4 Azurite Suns on Kaolinite Clay matrix
Origins: Malbunka copper Mine, Western Aranda, Australia

Approx. Dimensions:
Bigger Azurite Sun: 24mm
Matrix Dimension: 98 x 22 x 71mm
Weight: 228gms

Great Specimen, Azurite suns w a small Malachite on the matrix. Display very well!
Black stand not included.
*Do not wash this mineral in water.

More on Azurite Suns:
Azurite suns are a unique form of azurite that have been found in only one place in the world: the Malbunka Copper Mine (formerly the Namatjira prospect) near Areyonga, beneath a hill in the desert in Northern Territory, Australia. Malbunka is the name of the Aboriginal clan that owns the land.

MINERALOGY:
Azurite suns form between layers of a clay mineral called kaolinite, with some sandstone rich lenses. The kaolinite is the matrix for the suns. The kaolinite is thought to be the result of the weathering of a tuffaceous volcanic rock. The azurite was formed by hydrothermal fluids carrying copper ions, which moved through bedding planes/slip planes in the kaolinite rock formation.

Azurite in clay matrix deposits normally forms spherical shapes (balls), such as those found at the Blue Grotto Mine, La Sal, Utah.

The Malbunka Mine is the only mine in the world that currently produces the discoidal blue suns. Both the azurite and kaolinite matrix are very stable. The genesis of the blue suns is said to parallel that of the flat pyrite discs from the coal mines in Illinois.
4 Azurite Suns on Kaolinite Clay matrix
Origins: Malbunka copper Mine, Western Aranda, Australia

Approx. Dimensions:
Bigger Azurite Sun: 24mm
Matrix Dimension: 98 x 22 x 71mm
Weight: 228gms

Great Specimen, Azurite suns w a small Malachite on the matrix. Display very well!
Black stand not included.
*Do not wash this mineral in water.

More on Azurite Suns:
Azurite suns are a unique form of azurite that have been found in only one place in the world: the Malbunka Copper Mine (formerly the Namatjira prospect) near Areyonga, beneath a hill in the desert in Northern Territory, Australia. Malbunka is the name of the Aboriginal clan that owns the land.

MINERALOGY:
Azurite suns form between layers of a clay mineral called kaolinite, with some sandstone rich lenses. The kaolinite is the matrix for the suns. The kaolinite is thought to be the result of the weathering of a tuffaceous volcanic rock. The azurite was formed by hydrothermal fluids carrying copper ions, which moved through bedding planes/slip planes in the kaolinite rock formation.

Azurite in clay matrix deposits normally forms spherical shapes (balls), such as those found at the Blue Grotto Mine, La Sal, Utah.

The Malbunka Mine is the only mine in the world that currently produces the discoidal blue suns. Both the azurite and kaolinite matrix are very stable. The genesis of the blue suns is said to parallel that of the flat pyrite discs from the coal mines in Illinois.

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RARE 4 Azurite Suns on Kaolinite Clay Matrix.

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  • Materials: azurite, kaolinite clay
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