Dioptase on Quartz
Miniature, 4.7 x 3.6 x 2.9 cm
Christoph Mine, Kaokoveld, Namibia
Ex. Charlie Key
A beautiful specimen, really unique in aspect, featuring sharp, sword-like dioptase crystals to about 1.5 cm. They have intense color and great translucency (gemmy when backlit), just popping up out of sparkling, drusy quartz matrix. The combo is really quite unusual, and the stark contrast makes this among the most pretty, even if with smaller crystals, of the specimens from the find. A special miniature for the sophisticated collector, I think.
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