Dioptase (new find) (good sized crystals)

Kimbedi, Pool Region, Republic of the Congo
Miniature, 3.5 x 2.7 x 2.3 cm
Start Time: 06/16/2011 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 06/23/2011 6:51:18 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 a rich emerald green color Dioptase crystal group with great sharpness, luster and gemminess/translucency. The largest crystal measures 2.6 cm (over an inch!), which is very good sized for the locality and the species in general. 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. Valued at $1200 in the inventory.

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