Miniature, 4.1 x 2.8 x 1.2 cm
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region, Namibia
Ex. Thomas Campbell

Superb Dioptase miniature that looks like a glistening tree of green sugar! This specimen is simply better than most miniatures in its size class. Why? Luster and color! It is an elongate piece consisting of several major crystals ranging between 1 and 2cm, all of which are THE MOST saturated and intense emerald green color; and they have shocking green internal reflections and superior luster! Clusters of white, 3-4mm Calcite rhombs supply perfect contrast at the edges and also serve as the matrix of the piece. Numerous 1-3mm, glistening, bright emerald green Dioptase crystals also occur at opposing ends of the piece on the Calcite and on the larger Dioptase crystals in places. A competition miniature - just prettier than so many others. Sometimes you just have to hold a piece to understand the strong feelings, and this is one such. It is not a large piece, but it has presence, if that makes sense to say. Better in person as these are very difficult to photograph. Exchanged from the Dr. Thomas Campbell collection (who wrote up this Tsumeb update except for the description on this one piece which Rob hijacked because I love it so much...).