Dioptase crystals

Dioptase crystals

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Caption: Dioptase crystals. Dioptase (copper cyclosilicate, green) occurs in the oxidation zones of copper deposits and in the cavities of massive copper minerals. It is very popular with collectors and is often used for jewellery. This sample was found in Namibia.

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Keywords: africa, african, close-up, copper cyclosilicate, crystal, crystalline, crystallised, crystallized, crystals, detail, dioptase, earth science, geological, geology, green, hydrous copper silicate, mineral, mineralogy, namibia, rock, trigonal

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