Dioptase With Cerussite
Small Cabinet, 6.9 x 5.7 x 4.8 cm
Christoph Mine, Kaokoveld, Namibia
Ex. Charlie Key
This is a colorful cluster of nearly massive dioptase, with admixed cerussite as well. From it spike out gem, elongated dioptase crystals to 2.1 cm! This is one of the few matrix specimens of this crystal style recovered from the mine as yet and who can say whether more will come? This habit of elongated crystals, in such gemminess, is really quite new, and beautiful. The massive dioptase knoll on which the main crystal sits has some evident damage and bruises, to be sure, but the piece is priced accordingly; and the important crystal is not damaged, despite its freestanding nature. It is partially coated on the backside by quartz, which helped to protect it.