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Cuprite on Plancheite, Chrysocolla and Malachite
stock #Alec 11-048
Mupine Mine, Kolowezi District
Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
4.8 x 3.2 CM (miniature)
price: $850
Spring 2014

A very fine, sharp and esthetic specimen! These Cuprites came out over 20 years ago, there have really been none since. Unlike any of the more recent Russian Cuprites, these Congo Piees are now classics. Most were damaged or at least chipped, so pristine pieces were rare then and unavailable now. This one is especially elegant, it has a sharp and sizable main crystal perched perfectly on the contrasting matrix. In exceptional condition. This was not photographed with a backlight, so it looks as it would in a normal display, HOWEVER these are a rich ruby red color with careful lighting. Better in person!
Diamond (yellow 4.5 Carat crystal)
stock #A12-557
Kasai River
Kasai, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
4.5 Carat .8 x .9 CM (thumbnail)
price: $975
Spring 2014

A big, (4.5 CT) complex Diamond crystal with a fine glassy, vitreous luster. An older specimen, vintage 1980's that presents well and shows some very intricate crystal modifications. Also note there is a distinct color shift from yellow to a green or brown green hue in different light sources. A very good crystallized example of the element (Carbon) that humans are made from!
Cuprite (gem) on Plancheite
stock #12.1-023
Katanga, Central Area, Katanga Copper zone
Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
4.2 x4.0 CM (miniature)
price: $440
Spring 2013

Sharp, gemmy crystal cluster perched on matrix. The largest crystal is 1.5 CM across these glow bright red when backlit, shown here in "normal" lighting. A quite esthetic and pretty small specimen of a classic find.
Dioptase (matrixless cluster)
stock #12.1-017
Tantara Mine, Shinkolobwe, Central Area
Shaba, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
3.4 x 2.8 CM (small miniature)
price: $525


A deep green cluster of larger than average Dioptase crystals without any matrix. The largest is just over 2 CM. Nicely composed, the color is excellent but the luster is not as bright as a top Tsumeb piece. The price is also a lot less than from Tsumeb! By naked eye this is in perfect condition and displays well, with 10x magnification some tiny edge chips are found. Eye catching, colorful and well crystallized piece.
Malachite (fibrous primary crystals)
stock #8.1-188
Katanga, Central Area, Katanga Copper zone
Shaba, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
8.5 x 5.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $95


A fine, fibrous crystallized primary malachite from the prolific mines of Katanga. Excellent color, satin sheen and luster, no damage. Malachite crystals over 3 CM abound. The recent finds of this material have been well appreciated, affordable and very attractive. Not all fine minerals are expensive!
Dioptase
stock #8.1-295
Tantara Mine, Shinkolobwe, Central Area
Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
8.9 x 7 CM (cabinet)
price: $1250


An incredibly attractive mineral! Brilliant and lustrous crystals to 1.5CM with top color are packed in a vug that is rimmed with Dioptase and some blue Shattuckite. No damage to the display area and main crystals but there are a few tiny contacts at the outer edge of the piece that are not easilly seen. Really a killer for form and with bright, wet looking luster, this is a great value for the price. I have not seen anything of this quality in any recent lots from the DRC.
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