Cabinet, 12.0 x 9.5 x 4.0 cm
La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Las Pintadas district, Tierra Amarilla, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile
The camera could not capture the incredible RICH blue-green color of this dioptase specimen. In reality, it is a deeper and richer shade of what you see in the pics with a hint of blue to it that is unusual, and really quite dazzling. This Chilean dioptase is of course far different from the dioptase specimens we are all familiar with from Tsumeb, Russia and Zaire; it is a beautiful, velvety druse that covers the botryoidal surface of the matrix. I had not seen dioptase from this famed copper-rich locality before, and was stricken when I saw this lone specimen 12 x 9.5 x 4 cm