Dioptase, Malachite
Small Cabinet, 5.2 x 3.7 x 2.3 cm
Kaokoveld Plateau, Kunene Region, Namibia
A truly magnificent specimen consisting of a brilliant and lustrous 1.5 cm Dioptase crystal (terminated at the base if not atop), nestled at the top of an amazingly aesthetic Malachite fan-spray. The fan-spray is complete-all-around and on both sides. A unique specimen...but even more interesting, this is primary malachite, not malachite replacing azurite, which is more common. Ex. Charlie Key.