Great form, great color, sharp crystals and glassy luster! No hint of damage to the rhombs even at 10x magnification. There are a few rhombs with a different hue that are less pink and more yellow. would fit in any good Tsumeb suite or smithsonite display. This is simply a perfect, esthetic miniature from Tsumeb that display great!
Large 3.2 CM lustrous, spinel twinned crystal sitting atop a white quartz matrix. From Nandan this is the best Sphalerite I know from the location.
Illustrated in Bert Otten's incredible book on Chinese Minerals, and 2 mineral magazines. The main Sphalerite crystal is in fine condition, there is damage to some minor crystals ob the specimen that could be trimmed off, I prefer to leave as is since they are not distracting and the specimen matches the illustrations.
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
9.5 x 6.1 CM (cabinet)
Large, pure and colorful dense botryoidal masses of Rosasite on a blocky gossan matrix. Mina Ojuela Rosasite are probably the best found in the past 70 years, this is a quite nice specimen this is an excellent deep blue green color and typical mossy luster.
A large, fine and colorful Tsumeb specimen! Lustrous crystals coat a vuggy matrix. The crystals are translucent to transparent with green and red brown cores. Very sharp and far above average, this is a sizable and pretty piece.
Cuprite (gem) on Plancheite
Katanga, Central Area, Katanga Coper zone
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
4.2 x4.0 CM (miniature)
Sharp, gemmy crystal cluster perched on matrix. The largest crystal is 1.5 CM across these glow bright red when backlit, shown here in "normal" lighting. A quite esthetic and pretty small specimen of a classic find.
FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Area)
13.6 x 6.5 (cabinet)
Sharp fadden quartz with large single crystal rising out of a "haystack" base of quartz. Few specimens of this size are undamaged. This is in perfect condition and display well from any side.
Beryl v. Aquamarine on Schorl
Erongo mountain, Usakos and Omaruru districts
4.2 x 1.8 CM (miniature)
Perfectly formed Aquamarine on lustrous Schorl ... very nice proportion and esthetic. No damage at all with a very gemmy deep blue Beryl. Competition quality miniature this is a great example of a fine Erongo piece.
Amethyst phantom (Brandburg)
Goboboseb Mts., Brandberg area,
7.5 x 1.9 CM (cabinet)
Sharp, lustrous beautiful Amethyst phantom. Some minor Lepidocrocite, the quartz is especially sharp and clear. A very affordable, fine Brandburg from the Goboboseb.