Small Cabinet, 6.6 x 5.7 x 2.8 cm
Kimbedi, Pool Region, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville)

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. The best of these specimens show great color, with larger sized crystals and excellent gemminess. This particular specimen comprises very sharp, highly lustrous, small, rich emerald-green color Dioptase crystals forming a beautiful "green blanket." The largest crystal measures 8 mm and most of the crystals are pristine. This find seemed to be somewhat limited, and hopefully will produce more of this fine quality Dioptase soon.