Dioptase on Chrysocolla
Small Cabinet, 6.8 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm
Otjikotu, Kaokoveld, Kunene, Namibia
Ex. Charlie Key
A most colorful specimen due to the unusual richness of the associated chrysocolla, which makes for striking contrast to the brilliantly green dioptase. Like the above specimen, this is of very unusual quality for the location in both condition and overall aesthetics. The closeups show clearly that the quality of the dioptase is good in its own right, aside from the added value of the contrasting association. Lastly, most specimens with any decent chrysocolla I have seen from here have "matrixy" look to the chrysocolla itself IS specimen-worthy in that the botryoidal grapelike growths are more than just "background."