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    Dioptase & Calcite
    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region, Namibia

    "A mound of typical white Tsumeb rhombohedral calcite crystals to about an inch covered in places with a carpet of small shiny green dioptase crystals. Bought the specimen from David Wilber when he had fallen on hard times and needed to raise some money."
    - Rock H. Currier

    Thanks Rock, for that uplifting bit of economic news. Jesus, the boy could be savage. Anyway, Dave's loss was Rock's gain. The combination of nickel-green Dioptase on snow-white Calcite is one of the most recognizable 'stars' in the Tsumeb galaxy, and rightly so. No one, rank amateurs and philistines included, can resist the over-the-top color of Dioptase: a property that makes it very difficult to capture what the eye sees and reproduce it accurately in a photograph. Photographers and printers say that it is 'out of gamut', meaning outside the normal color system specs. This is a sizable cabinet specimen with excellent pedigree, considering much of Dave's fine mineral collection ultimately ended up in major museums.
    Overall Measurements: 4.7 x 3.1 x 1.8 inches (12.0 x 8.0 x 4.5 cm)
    Offered at no reserve

    Provenance: Ex. David Wilber Collection [RHC #2693, acquired 1974]
    MinID TNU-VUT

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]


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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2019
    26th Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 10
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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