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Dioptase On Plancheite

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Dioptase On Plancheite

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Description
Locality: 
Omaue Mine, Kaokoveld Plateau, Kunene Region, Namibia
Class: 
Combination
Size Range: 
Miniature (4.5-7 cm)
Size: 
5.5 × 4.2 × 3.3 cm
Weight: 
56.00gr
Description

Lots of small, densely packed dioptase crystals on a thin sheet of pale blue plancheite on quartz. As usual, the dioptase is much nicer colored and glossier in nature.

You just can't photograph dioptase right.

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Dioptase

Formula: 
CuSiO3·H2O
Strunz: 
9.CJ.30
Crystal System: 
Trigonal
Hardness: 
5.0
Streak: 
Green
Type Locality: 
Altyn-Tyube dioptase deposit (Altyn-Tube), Altyn-Tyube area, Kirghiz Steppes (Asiatic Steppes), Karagandy Province (Qaragandy Oblysy; Karaganda Oblast'), Kazakhstan...

Plancheite

Formula: 
Cu8(Si8O22)(OH)4·H2O
Strunz: 
9.DB.35
Crystal System: 
Orthorhombic
Hardness: 
6.0
Type Locality: 
Sanda carriere (Sanda quarry; Sanda Mine), Mindouli, Mindouli District, Pool Department, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville)
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