VERDITE Shona Stone RHINO Zimbabwe Africa
3.25 inches L x 1.5 H inches
Overall Condition: Good
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Verdite, sometimes called "Africa's green gold," is found only in southern Africa. Deposits near Barberton, South Africa, are believed to be about 3.5 million years old. It is used in African traditional medicine, particularly to cure impotence and increase fertility. Its hardness is 7.0-9.0, and it is becoming increasingly rare, especially in the green color (brown is more common) so only the better sculptors attempt it.