1.5" Light-Blue Shattuckite with Dioptase - Tantara Mine, Congo

This is a 1.5" wide, light blue shattuckite and blue-green dioptase specimen from the Tantara Mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Shattuckite is an scarce copper mineral that is highly regarded for its vivid blue color. It is named after the Shattuck Mine in Bisbee, Arizona, where this mineral was first discovered. It crystallizes in the orthorhombic – dipyramidal crystal system and usually occurs in a granular massive form and also as fibrous acicular crystals.

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.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Shattuckite & Dioptase
LOCATION
Tantara Mine, Shinkolobwe, Katanga Province, DR Congo
SIZE
1.5" wide
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#134020