4.75 x 3 x 1.5 cm
The largest dioptase crystal measures 11 x 5 x 5 mm
Dubbed "Green Gold," Dioptase is perhaps second only to Emerald in expressing the finest shades of green that Nature has to offer! While a challenge to photograph and capture its truest color, Dioptase will always hold a place in any major mineral collection. Its just too green to be true! Popular localities include Tsumeb (the finest!), Kazakhstan, DR Congo, Kaokaveld Namibia, and Brassville Congo.
One of the top 4 most popular collectible minerals, Calcite grows in a myriad of habits and comes in almost every color, from every region on Earth! Its softness prevents it from being suitable for jewelry, but the wide array of specimens available make it very hard not to love calcites! From Dog Tooth, to Poker Chip, to associations with Quartz, Fluorite, Sulfides, etc. We see new fascinating calcites come to market every year!
Namibia possesses Africa's most developed mineral culture. The amount of detail given to collect specimens without damage, and to understand the value (as opposed to the many gem-rough communities across Africa who do not understand the need for such care), has given Namibia a unique opportunity to display a full range of specimens to the world, year after year! Africa has many mining challenges but Namibia is rich with opportunity, and has been visited for specimen collecting by foreigners for over 100 years!