Dioptase (gemmy crystals)

Kimbedi, Pool Region, Republic of the Congo
Toenail, 3.5 x 2.3 x 1.2 cm
Start Time: 10/01/2009 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 10/08/2009 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Dioptase is known from a few world localities in superb quality specimens, but recently there was a find of new material in the Pool Region of the Congo. These specimens show great color, with larger sized crystals and EXCELLENT gemminess. This particular specimen is comprised of very sharp, highly lustrous, GEMMY, rich emerald green color Dioptase crystals forming a very attractive "spray"-like specimen. The largest crystal measures 2.1 cm long, which is very good sized for this locality. This find seemed to be somewhat limited, and hopefully will produce more of this SUPERB quality Dioptase. With the price of Tsumeb Dioptase specimens rising daily, this is a great opportunity to snag a "Tsumeb"-type quality specimen of this species for a fraction of the price. Please note that these crystals are more vivid and GEMMY than the photos indicate.

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