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Dioptase (Unusual color and exceptional form)
Luishia Mine, Katanga Province
Shaba, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
4.4 x 2.5 x 1.3 CM (miniature)
price: $975
Spring 2014

Striking, esthetic and unusual, this is a fine, undamaged piece with an "odd" color hue. The Shaba Dioptase can be quite impressive but rarely this delicate and sculptural with no matrix. The color in person looks almost a Malachite green but with a brilliant glassy luster, there is good transparency too as seen in some of the best Tsumeb Dioptase. A fine specimen from anyplace this is especially nice for Katanga area.




Dioptase (Unusual color and exceptional form)
Luishia Mine, Katanga Province
Shaba, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
4.4 x 2.5 x 1.3 CM (miniature)
price: $975
Spring 2014

Striking, esthetic and unusual, this is a fine, undamaged piece with an "odd" color hue. The Shaba Dioptase can be quite impressive but rarely this delicate and sculptural with no matrix. The color in person looks almost a Malachite green but with a brilliant glassy luster, there is good transparency too as seen in some of the best Tsumeb Dioptase. A fine specimen from anyplace this is especially nice for Katanga area.