4 x 2.75 x 1.5 cm
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.
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!