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Dioptase on malachite

Posted by Rock man456  
Rock man456 May 23, 2012 12:38AM
Here is an old specimen ive also had for many years.
Could somebody help with a value?

The label says dioptase on malachite,zaire,shabe province,kolwezei district

Very gemmy specimen about 2.5 inches
Paul De Bondt May 23, 2012 07:30AM
Hi Rock man456,

The locality seems correct but for malachite, if there is no realy distinct matrix, it's difficult to say.
On the other hand, the dark green crystals are malachite and not dioptaas, a frequent mislabeling.

With the quantity of malachite coming out of Shaba for the moment, I'de say between $40 and 60.

I hope this helps.

Take care and best regards.

Tim Jokela Jr May 25, 2012 09:01PM
Malachite on malachite, pretty piece, but you can choose from tables full at any decent show; maybe $75 max, as it is a nice piece, no damage.
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