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Dioptase
Tantara Mine, Shinkolobwe, Kambove District
Haut-Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
3.3 x 2.8 x 1.8 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $240


Emerald green and glassy Dioptase crystals in a very nice cluster from the Tantara Mine (Katanga). The largest crystal is just under 2 CM, there is no matrix just pure Dioptase in very good condition as seen. The Dioptase from Congo does not have the ultra bright luster of a fine Tsumeb specimen but can be a bit brighter than many from Kaokoveldt. This piece is of that sort, better in person and quite esthetic. Congo Dioptase is not often available, it seems to be found every decade or so in small batches and then there are none for years. This was mined in 2012.




Dioptase
Tantara Mine, Shinkolobwe, Kambove District
Haut-Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
3.3 x 2.8 x 1.8 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $240


Emerald green and glassy Dioptase crystals in a very nice cluster from the Tantara Mine (Katanga). The largest crystal is just under 2 CM, there is no matrix just pure Dioptase in very good condition as seen. The Dioptase from Congo does not have the ultra bright luster of a fine Tsumeb specimen but can be a bit brighter than many from Kaokoveldt. This piece is of that sort, better in person and quite esthetic. Congo Dioptase is not often available, it seems to be found every decade or so in small batches and then there are none for years. This was mined in 2012.