Dioptase in Calcite
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 8.2 x 5.1 x 3.1 cm
Ex. Shields and Frances Flynn

Dioptase and Calcite are among Tsumeb's most desired species, and the two in combination can be iconic and classic. Here we have sharp, lustrous, and colorless Calcite rhombs that average 2-3 mm on edge, and these abundant crystals are distributed evenly across the matrix. The good clarity allows the included, emerald-green, micro Dioptase crystals to create a beautiful two-tone effect in most of the Calcites. The Calcites even have a faint orange fluorescence. The balance, color, and form of this piece, as well as the excellent condition, make this small cab aesthetic and desirable. As a side note, I love seeing the label of my old friend John Veevaert is on this one, from years ago.