Rare teal specimen. This little cluster is the only one of its kind in our collection. It's easy to see why early dioptase discoveries were mistaken for emeralds. It is found mostly in desert regions -- the result of an unlikely reaction: in dry climates and with enough time, silica can react with dissolved copper forming dioptase and chrysocolla. Dioptase was used as a pigment to paint sculptures dating back to 7200 BC. Somewhat fragile, it is prized by collectors for its vivid color and scarcity. This spimen features many well-defined crystals, some with quite large rhombohedral terminations (the largest around 10mm).
HEALING: open and heal the heart + promote living in the present
51 g, 54mm long x 40mm wide x 27mm tall