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Diameter range: 2.8 - 3”
Weight: 11.3 oz. / 324g
Origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Malachite is a gemstone mined mainly by hand in small copper mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Some of the mines were abandoned when copper deposits dried up. Many of the most spectacular specimens of malachite found here contain combinations with other minerals, such as azurite, cuprite or chrysocolla.
The largest and most important producer of Malachite is the Democratic Republic of the Congo, once known as Zaire. The richest deposits are found in the mining district of the "Shaba Crescent" in Katanga Province. The mines are found in the Ruashi district of Lubumbashi which is the province's capital and the second largest town of the country after Kinshasa. The Belgians founded it as a mining settlement in 1910 and it quickly became the center of the copper belt.
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