David K. Joyce

Tsumeb, Namibia, Dioptase

Dioptase a copper silicate, is one of the most beautiful minerals to emerge from Tsumeb. The hexagonal prisms, usually terminated by a rhombohedra, are classic Tsumeb specimens. Here are some nice smaller specimens. The photo's do not do the colour justice. In almost all cases, the crystals are a richer, more emerald green than I have managed to capture.

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Dioptase, CalciteTsumeb, Namibia, Dioptase
  • Item #13939
  • Dioptase, Calcite
  • 2.9x1.9x0.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: d-6mm, c-micro
  • $35.00
  • Tsumeb

  • Namibia
  • This plate of emerald-green dioptase crystals is sprinkled with tiny crystals of a carbonate that I think is calcite. Different!
Dioptase, MalachiteTsumeb, Namibia, Dioptase
  • Item #13938
  • Dioptase, Malachite
  • 3.5x2.7x2.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 1.5mm
  • $35.00
  • Tsumeb

  • Namibia
  • Beautiful blue-green crystals of dioptase are scattered around this thick plate of white dolomite and associated with nests/sprays of light green malachite.
DioptaseTsumeb, Namibia, Dioptase
  • Item #13936
  • Dioptase
  • 3.1x2.5x1.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 2mm
  • $25.00
  • Tsumeb

  • Namibia
  • A shallow vug in this solid quartz matrix is lined with brilliant, emerald-green dioptase crystals.
DioptaseTsumeb, Namibia, Dioptase
  • Item #17135
  • Dioptase
  • 7.3x6.3x5.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 4mm
  • $225.00
  • Tsumeb
    Namibia
  • A cavity of gorgeous dioptase crystals occurs between what appear to be prism faces of interlocking quartz crystal segments. The dioptase is a wonderful, gemmy-emerald green and shows very well in this specimen.
DioptaseTsumeb, Namibia, Dioptase
  • Item #20769
  • Dioptase
  • 4.7x3.1x1.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 3mm
  • $65.00
  • Tsumeb Mine

  • Namibia
  • The top of this matrix is largely covered by lustrous, emerald-green, dioptase crystals associated with small, sparkling rhombs of calcite. Looks great!
Dioptase, PlancheiteTsumeb, Namibia, Dioptase
  • Item #21270
  • Dioptase, Plancheite
  • 8.8x4.3x3.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 2mm
  • $140.00
  • Tsumeb
    Namibia
  • A gorgeous vug of emerald green dioptase crystals associated with light-blue, spheres of plancheite. As well, there are lots of acicular, light green crystals of an unknown mineral in nests and clusters on the dioptase. Very nice! Shows very well. R