Dioptase (new find)

Kimbedi, Pool Region, Republic of the Congo
Miniature, 4.2 x 2.3 x 1.8 cm
Start Time: 05/12/2011 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/19/2011 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 specimen is filled with sharp, rich emerald green color Dioptase forming a very attractive display piece. The largest crystal meaures 1.5 cm, and the piece shows good color when backlit. 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"-like specimen of this species for a fraction of the price.

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