1.8" Dioptase, Quartz and Fibrous Shattuckite Association

This is a colorful association of dioptase, quartz and fibrous shattuckite that was collected from Southern Africa. Some of the dioptase crystals are quite large and small pockets of quartz crystals can be found along the side of the specimen.

Dioptase is an uncommon mineral found mostly in desert regions where it forms as a secondary mineral in the oxidized zone of copper sulfide mineral deposits. This copper based mineral forms small rhombohedral crystals, typically less than 0.75 cm in length.
It is popular with mineral collectors due to it's vibrant color and it is occasionally cut into small emerald-like gems.

Shattuckite is an scarce copper mineral that is highly regarded for its vivid blue color. It is named after the Shattuck Mine in Bisbee, Arizona, where this mineral was first discovered. It crystallizes in the orthorhombic – dipyramidal crystal system and usually occurs in a granular massive form and also as fibrous acicular crystals.

Silicon Dioxide, also known as SiO2 or Quartz, is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Quartz crystals generally grow in silica-rich, hot watery solutions called hydrothermal environments, at temperatures between 100°C and 450°C, and usually under very high pressure. Quartz veins are formed when open fissures are filled with hot water during the closing stages of mountains forming, and can be hundreds of millions of years old.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Dioptase, Quartz & Shattuckite
LOCATION
Southern Africa
SIZE
1.8 x 1.5"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#175950