Dioptase With Calcite
Large Cabinet, 16.8 x 9.0 x 4.5 cm
Altyn-Tyube, Karaganda Oblast, Kazakhstan (TYPE LOCALITY!)
Measure this out on a ruler! This is one BIG dioptase specimen! If it were from TSUMEB, you'd be looking at a piece 3-4x more expensive. For some reason, even when they are as good as tsumeb material such as this piece is, Russian diop's do not get the monetary respect they deserve and so a big cabinet piece from Russia is a relative bargain compared to its peers from Africa. Ironic, as this is the type, original, locality for the species! What makes this piece special is both the rich coverage and the 3-dimensional topography that means it is not just a flat plate. The calcite, as an accent, is most unusual and really makes the piece even more special. The display face is simply incredibly stunning in person, with green flashes coming at you every which way. As with all photographed dioptase, it is MORE IMPRESSIVE In PERSON.