1.78 g Dioptase Crystal, Kunene (Kaokoveld), Namibia

Dimensions: 1.6 cm x 0.9 cm x 0.7 cm and


1.78 grams.

Images of this parcel were sent to us on Whatsapp shortly after we left Namibia on our last whirlwind tour in March 2019. It was serendipitous because a special customer had said they were after a nice one. I had nothing to offer but you never know what will appear at the right time.

The pictures we received were not perfect but it was obvious that these were the best dioptase we have seen in years.

Since Nharo began buying minerals in the early 2000’s we have been traveling to Kunene, formerly the Kaokoveld in Namibia. At the time we were buying crafts from the tribal Himba and Herero people as well. We used local guides to find the places where people were digging. It was hit and miss. When we would hit it was spectacular dioptase on the menu which we always did well with. When we missed, well, the scenery was nice.

Having a strong network of small scale miners and agents pays dividends in the long run. We are still in touch with the same people. Large crystals and clusters of crystals are rare. We are more used to seeing small sprays of crystals across a matrix. These pieces are special.

The wait to receive them was too long. There was the issue of permits for export and transport to Canada. When the crystals finally arrived they were packed as you would expect such fine pieces. Each was wrapped with tissue and it was a joy to unwrap every single piece.

Some of the best dioptase in the world comes from Namibia and these are great examples.

When crystal healers talk about dioptase they talk abou the heart chakra.

It is also known as “one of the best healing stones of the age”, and helps one live in the moment (Melody, Love is In the Earth, p. 245). It also helps one “open their third eye to see the root of a problem and can help one to gain the wisdom to correct what is neglected”.

Nharo has been collecting mineral specimens in Southern Africa since 2002. We focus on bringing a wide variety of unusual, beautiful and energetic minerals to you!

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Weight0.8 kg
Dimensions10 × 5 × 1 cm


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