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Specimen # 101335
Mineral: Dioptase
Location: Dioptase, Altyn-Tyube Deposit, Kirghiz Steppes, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan
Size: 4.5 x 4.0 x 2.0 cm


Detailed Description

This specimen hosts a vug lined with deep green sharp, lustrous dioptase crystals. The crystals have good translucence and internal play of light. In excellent condition, one missing crystal at the right-side periphery. Stands perfectly for display as photographed. This is a particularly aesthetic piece, with the crystal cavity at the top-centre of the specimen hosting these high-quality intense green dioptase crystals.

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About These Dioptase Specimens

Dioptase was first described from Altyn Tyube, the type locality for dioptase, in the nineteenth century. Altyn Tyube is a remarkable deposit in the Steppes, far from everywhere. It was first worked for copper thousands of years B.C., and it is interesting to note that there are very few copper minerals at the locality – dioptase with occasional minor malachite and cuprite. These beautiful specimens were mined in 2015, acquired soon afterward from the team currently conducting specimen mining at Altyn Tyube.

Additional information

Dimensions 45 × 40 × 20 cm