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Specimen # 101336
Mineral: Dioptase
Location: Dioptase, Altyn-Tyube Deposit, Kirghiz Steppes, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan
Size: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.2 cm


Detailed Description

This piece is covered with intesne green dioptase crystals. The dioptase crystals are sharp and lustrous, with some translucence. In excellent condition, a missing crystal at bottom lower right and contacting along the upper back edge of the matrix. These are beautiful 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 25 × 25 × 22 cm