Dioptase

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Chemical composition -- A hydrated copper silicate.

Color -- Bluish green to intense green.

Optics -- R.I. 1.64-1.71.

Durability -- Hardness 5. Brittle, with one direction of perfect cleavage. Too fragile for jewelry use.

Crystal structure -- Hexagonal .

Specific Gravity -- 3.28-3.35.

Sources -- Occurs in copper mines throughout the world, but the best crystals come from Tsumeb, Namibia. Faceted stones are rare and always under 2 carats.

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