Huge Diopside on Marble

Huge Diopside on Marble

Your Price: $1,200.00
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Part Number:FB17-DIOP
From: Fargon Meeru, Koksha Valley, Badakhashan Prov. Afghanistan
Size: 14.5 x 26 x 8.5cm
Weight: 3374g 

This is by far the largest Diopside specimen we've ever seen or could even find any reference to! The bleach-white marble matrix is coated with etched green diopside crystals on every side. While most of the diopside is etched there are a few large faceted crystals up to 3cm in length. It is difficult to determine if there is really any damage to the piece because of how it is etched. We believe that what we are seeing is almost entirely natrual etching of the diopside with only a small number of cleaved crystals. The cleaved ones tend to have shiny areas whereas the etched ones are covered in micro-crystalline dioptase, and that's primarily what we see with only a few small shiny areas. 

Overall this is a very impressive and colorful piece which resembles a show covered Christmas tree when you see it in person! It's definiely a unique specimen, and possibly the largest diopside ever available for sale online.

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