2.1" Gemmy Dioptase Crystal Cluster - N'tola Mine, Congo

This is a beautiful cluster of sparkling dioptase crystals on dolomite that was collected from the N'tola Mine of the Republic of Congo. The entire specimen is 2.1" long and the dioptase is a lustrous, emerald-green color.

Dioptase is an uncommon mineral found mostly in desert regions where it forms as a secondary mineral in the oxidized zone of copper sulfide mineral deposits. This copper based mineral forms small rhombohedral crystals, typically less than 0.75 cm in length.
It is popular with mineral collectors due to it's vibrant color and it is occasionally cut into small emerald-like gems.

Dolomite is an anhydrous carbonate mineral composed of calcium magnesium carbonate—CaMg(CO3)2.

The mineral dolomite crystallizes in the trigonal-rhombohedral system. It forms white, tan, gray, or pink crystals. Dolomite is a double carbonate, having an alternating structural arrangement of calcium and magnesium ions. It does not rapidly dissolve in dilute hydrochloric acid as calcite does. Crystal twinning is common.

The mineral dolomite was first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1768 and In 1791, it was described as a rock by the French naturalist and geologist Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu who first recognized the material in buildings of the old city of Rome, and later as samples collected in the mountains known as the Dolomite Alps of northern Italy.


FOR SALE
$145
DETAILS
SPECIES
Dioptase & Dolomite
LOCATION
N'tola Mine, Mindoili District, Republic of Congo
SIZE
2.1 x 1.6"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#175945