1.7" Dioptase Crystals In Shattackite - Congo

This is a colorful association of dioptase and shattuckite that was collected from the Tantara Mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The dioptase crystals are in pristine condition and fill the small cavity between the shattuckite encrusted matrix.

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.

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.

Dioptase, Quartz & Shattuckite
Tantara Mine, Shinkolobwe, Katanga Province, DR Congo
1.7 x 1.3"