Dioptase on Calcite with Duftite
Small Cabinet, 6.7 x 4.9 x 1.7 cm
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Splendid and colorful in display appearance, this choice Dioptase on Calcite small cab from Tsumeb has great aesthetics. Not only are the Dioptase crystals gemmy, lustrous, and a beautiful emerald green, and the Calcite rhombs even more gemmy, but they all rest on a heart-shaped matrix. A little duftite decorates the calcites, for multiple green color contrast, here... a nice touch! And if a specimen of this caliber on the front wasn't enough, you turn the piece over and the Dioptase crystals grow in a dense, attractive, matrix-covering layer. A really beautiful specimen with a little unusual finish, no matter how you look at it, literally (since it is both sides)! ex Sussman