Dims: 1.7 x 1.3 x 1.0" (4.2 x 3.3 x 2.6 cm)
Wt: 1.3 oz. (38 g)
Altyn-tube, Kirghese Steppes, Kazakhstan
At least 40 Dioptase crystals rest on the quartz base of this small hand specimen. Though several are obviously damaged or broken, most are intact and in excellent condition, reaching lengths of nearly 0.4" (1 cm). All have excellent trigonal prismatic form and the classic deep, emerald-green color of their specie. They show a pearly luster and are transparent and dimly-to-moderately clear due to internal fractures, inclusions and the depth of their color. Due to damage and its intergrowth with the Dioptase crystals, no crystal form is visible in the colorless, transparent quartz base.