Dioptase with cerussite
description: <p style="text-align: justify;">LOCALITY: Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo <br /><br />3" Across <br /><br />This piece is colorful but inexpensive. In late 2009 and early 2010, the author imported hundreds of Katanga dioptase specimens of this quality or better into both Australia and the United States. This particular piece was consigned out to Evan Jones at the Tucson Show in 2010. He retail priced it at US$250. This was quite a reasonable retail price for this piece. I would sell it for just AU$100. <br /><br />Since this piece is only an inexpensive representative Congo dioptase specimen and since there are thousands of pieces like this in the world, this type of Katanga dioptase specimen will never appreciate to become a high value mineral specimen. In contrast, some of the ultrafine Katanga dioptase specimens pictured on this website are rare today and easily worth in the six figures today. These types of pieces are most likely to appreciate in value at the highest rate because they will never be mined in any quantity (if at all) and there will always be fierce competition between wealthy mineral collectors who are all eager to own pieces that are elite, unique and the best in existence. In the modern world of fine mineral specimen collecting, there have never been more very wealthy people in competition with each other for top quality mineral specimens. Many wealthy fine art collectors are discovering that fine mineral specimens are nature's equivalent to fine art and are at least as worthy of collecting, preserving and donating to universities and museums.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photo by Matthew Webb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia </p>

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