Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)
Some minerals look fake simply because their color is way too strange to be natural. Take the bubble-gum Barbie pink tint of this 'rock'. Many people have a hard time believing that this little treasure is "natural" or "real". Well, the native miner who collected it thought it was real enough to get real money from the visiting dealer who was really terrified just by being in this dangerous part of the world. This cute little souvenir of that adventure is a single Calcite crystal, of the previously mentioned bubble-gum hue, that displays adjoining "side-car" crystals in parallel growth and several tiny, green Malachite balls scattered around the base of the piece, along with two smaller Calcites. There are traces of a cream colored matrix but not enough to qualify as a "matrix" specimen. It is in exquisite condition with no damage.
Overall measurements: 1.25 x 1.75 x 1 inches (3.2 x 4.4 x 2.5 cm). Offered at no reserve.
Provenance: Collector's Edge [Hoppel Catalog # D1200]
[Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]
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