Since many years ago when I first walked into their basement and saw the collection, I have lusted after this piece. It is a simply gorgeous association, featuring a dark smoky , gemmy cerussite crystal perched in a nest of dioptase! Pristine save for one tiny, almost-unnoticeable ding, this was one of my favorite mini's in the collection. Erik Louw was a miner on the dioptase stope who traded extensively and accumulated one of the finest Tsumeb miniatures collections, purchased in entirety by the Sussmans in the late 1990's. 5 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm
A brilliantly lustrous dioptase specimen with sharp crystals to 1.7 cm perched on an unusual greenish matrix of dolomite or calcite. This is a gorgeous piece of TOP quality level for the collector of competition-level miniatures. Erik Louw was a miner on the dioptase stope who traded extensively and accumulated one of the finest Tsumeb miniatures collections, purchased in entirety by the Sussmans in the late 1990's.
4.75 x 3 x 2 cm
A HUGE compound crystal of intergrown dioptase crystals, measuring just over 3 cm across! Pristine and perfect all around. Erik Louw was a miner on the dioptase stope who traded extensively and accumulated one of the finest Tsumeb miniatures collections, purchased in entirety by the Sussmans in the late 1990's. 3.5 x 2.5 x 2 cm
A startlingly sculptural specimen! Pristine and perfect all around. Erik Louw was a miner on the dioptase stope who traded extensively and accumulated one of the finest Tsumeb miniatures collections, purchased in entirety by the Sussmans in the late 1990's. 4 x 4 x 1 cm
A choice miniature with pristine, brilliant crystals to almost 2 cm (the dt in the center). Like most dioptase, the color and lustre do not photograph well and it is MUCH better in person.
4.25 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
An exceptional example of this classic and highly desirable association, because of its pristine condition, excellent individualized dioiptase, and the quality of the sharp rhomboedhral calcite itself. 7 x 6 x 5 cm
An amazing specimen in that such isolated, sharp, pristine dioptase crystals are rare as can be. This superb piece features two perfect crysatls, nicely situated on a well-trimmed calcite matrix. It is the ideal association piece for the collector who likes such a superb display of crystallography instead of the usual more jumbled appearance of dioptase specimens. Comes with custom-made lucite base. 7 x 7 x 4 cm
I have admired this specimen for years, for its dramatic display qualities. It is LARGE, if you measure it out, and completely pristine ALL AROUND. It is complete 360-degrees, and is a cluster of several large calcite stalactites on which are sprinkled the brightest, greenest dioptase crystals you could ask for. The contrast and sculptural form together make it one of the most striking dioptase specimens around. Comes with custom-made lucite base
14 x 11 x 4.5 cm
This cabinet-sized specimen is priced as it would be if the matrix were calcite, but in fact the association with crystallized dolomite is MUCH rarer and this is significant for that fact. 13 x 8 x 3 cm
A MAJOR, 3-dimensional dioptase specimen that is completely and entirely pristine save for a few minor dings at the very bottom edge. Such specimens are almost impossible to obtain today, at any price, and this one practically glows with rich, green color 13 x 12 x 4 cm
15.4 x 10.4 x 5.5 cm. A large specimen of calcite richly covered with small green velvety clusters of mottramite, with a sprinkling of little deep green dioptase crystals. The overall contrast is very attractive. Ex. Rob Smith Collection.
5.4 x 2.4 x 1.5 cm. These dioptase crystals show fine color and luster, but what really makes this piece is their backdrop of dove-grey calcite. There are crystals wrapped all the way around this specimen, as there were pockets on either side of this ridge of matrix.
9.5 x 8.3 x 4.3 cm. A rich, colorful, colorful, plate of matrix that is smothered in dioptase. The largest crystal is just a hair under 9mm, but there are neat rivulets of them winding across the matrix, and the matrix itself they sit on is composed of dioptase micros that are like sparkly sugar, dripped on. Ex. Rob Smith Collection.
A superb, pristine and highly lustrous large dioptase crystal with minor chrysocolla from Reneville, Congo. This is a competition-level miniature and is MUCH BETTER IN PERSON, as dioptase is very difficult to photograph correctly. 3.0 x 2.1 x 1.9 cm
8.8 x 5.2 x 5.0 cm. Beautifully gemmy and lustrous, intensely emerald-green dioptase crystals to 7 mm cover vuggy matrix of lustrous, translucent calcite rhombs on this excellent specimen from the Type Locality - Altyn-Tube, Kazakhstan.
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