From a small and very unusual find, this is an unusual and esthetic combination piece. The powder blue spheres are perched on needle crystals of deep green Malachite for a very nice contrast. The blue balls are mostly in clusters but some are also well-isolated. No damage and displayable from any angle, this find was quickly exhausted, there has been no more found. A different and distinctive form for Shattuckite, this habit is unlike anything from any other locality.
Really different and super attractive. Balls of blue Shattuckite sitting on crystals of bright green Dioptase. The color and contrast are very fine, this is in superb condition. We have handled a few nice Shattuckite balls in the past year but they are always on Malachite, never like this on lustrous Dioptase. This was the only specimen we saw of this quality and condition. It is much more vivid in person too, a very unusual and striking piece that displays well from most any angle. From a recent find at the Onderra Mine (Namibia), we had hoped there would be more but it seems this was a one time find.
A very fine and unusual miniature specimen that looks like blueberries on an evergreen bush. From a small recent find at Okandawasi (Namibia) in the Kaokoveld. This is composed of needle crystals of primary Malachite in a complex cluster. The Shattuckite is in powder blue balls with a matte luster and are perched on the branches. An unusual form and with very memorable esthetics for these Copper minerals.
A super attractive miniature from a small new find. This piece was selected from just a few pieces that came out recently as it has just great form and presentation. Aside from that one small lot I have not seen any others before or since. The Shattuckite balls are both isolated and in small clusters. From some angles these look like berries on an evergreen tree. The Malachite is all primary crystals with sharp acicular form. In excellent condition, displays well from all sides. A great Copper secondary specimen that is really different.
Dioptase on Shattuckite
3.8 x 2.7 x 2 CM (miniature)
Bright blue shell of Shattuckite hosts dozens of emerald-green Dioptase crystals. In perfect condition, the color and form are excellent and better in person. A choice miniature the back side is a hollow cast with the shape of Quartz crystals, thought the front is the pretty part. Quite a lot of the Kaokoveld Dioptase is a little dull but this has the desirable glass-like luster.
Dioptase - very large crystal
3.1 x 1.3 x 1.2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A fine large single prism composed of two main parallel crystals that are joining in a single shared termination. Super lustrous with brilliant color, in fine overall condition. The base has a few tiny adhering crystals that are not complete and it is possible to see the break where this was removed from the host mass of Dioptase where this grew. Aside from the matrix the main large crystal is in perfect undamaged condition. From finds a few years ago in the Kaokoveld, large prisms like this were just not known from other locations. A choice example of this find
3.4 x 2.4 x 1.5 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A super clean, brilliant toenail sized Dioptase from finds at Kaokoveld in 2012. Very sharp and lustrous crystals in excellent condition and having an esthetic arrangement. While Dioptase is known from quite a few localities in the world but this sort of very fine specimen is from either Tsumeb (closed forever) or Kaokoveld, bot being in Namibia. Top emerald green color with transparent areas set this apart, better in person.
Dioptase on Shattuckite
6.1 x 5.7 x 5.2 CM (cabinet)
Late Summer 2018
Fantastic Copper species piece with Emerald green Dioptase crystals on royal blue Shattuckite. The Dioptase are highly lustrous, sharp and up to 1 CM. The underlying Quartz matrix is very solid and there are few hints of Malachite at the edges. These were found a few years ago in a one time find in the Kaokoveld, and sold very quickly. Happy to be able to offer this one again. The color contrast on this is especially fine.