• Dioptase on Calcite
  • Dioptase on Calcite
Silicates

Dioptase on Calcite

$1,200.00   €1,010  £870.00 approx.  

This specimen is priced in US dollars, all other prices are approximate.

ID: CC21101
As a connoisseur of Tsumeb material I can genuinely say this is a really terrific combination of Dioptase with Calcite which will certainly stand out in any collection or display.  Admittedly the Dioptase crystals are small, typically 1 to 3 mm across, but their uniformity of size and even dispersal amongst the snow-white rhombic Calcite crystals produces a colourful mottled plate of speckled bright emerald green and pure white.  Because of their size, the Dioptase allows more light entry, so lightening their emerald colour and adding a bright glint to the crystals.  The snow-white Calcite also underlies the Dioptase, which again cranks-up the bright intensity.  Although one never knows for certain, specimens such as this with Dioptase coating white Calcite are likely from 32 level, a discovery made in 1975.  A gorgeous triangular-shaped specimen of bright Dioptase on Calcite from the truly iconic Tsumeb mine in Namibia.

Details

Dimensions
10.5 × 10.0 × 2.8 cm
Categories
Calcite, Silicates
Locality
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region, Namibia, Africa

Minerals on Specimen

Minerals on specimen
Calcite, Dioptase

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