I attended the annual gem and mineral show this weekend to pick up a few needed items. Remember? I posted on this show last year .
I am still fascinated with the "fake food" tables! There is always a large display of tables set with food, except everything you see is a mineral or gemstone! Nature playing tricks with it's own trompe l'oeil.
The meat, breads, vegetables and desserts are all works of nature in gem and mineral form. Even the candles are spar calcite!
What better place can you get detailed photos of malachite for future studies?
This one was spectacular. Alternating dark and light bands of green nodules with small amounts of blue azurite , often found forming together near copper deposits.
Malachite has been used for centuries in pigments, makeup and jewelry including Fabergé eggs.