2.15" Gemmy, Green Dioptase Crystals On Quartz - Namibia

This is a beautiful specimen of dark green, gemmy dioptase crystals from the Tsumeb Mine in Namibia. The entire specimen is 2.15" long, and the lustrous, rich green crystals get up to about .1mm wide. They have a saturated, dark, emerald-green color with large well defined crystals.

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 its vibrant color and it is occasionally cut into small emerald-like gems.


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DETAILS
SPECIES
Dioptase, Quartz
LOCATION
Tsumeb Mine, Namibia
SIZE
2.15 x 1.85 x 1.35"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#78692