From a small and very unusual find, this is an unusual and esthetic combination piece. The powder blue spheres are perched on needle crystals of deep green Malachite for a very nice contrast. The blue balls are mostly in clusters but some are also well-isolated. No damage and displayable from any angle, this find was quickly exhausted, there has been no more found. A different and distinctive form for Shattuckite, this habit is unlike anything from any other locality.
Cuprite - classic Tsumeb
5.1 x 4.2 x 3.2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A rich array of stacked, aligned crystals of Cuprite from Tsumeb. Cuprite is not rare from this mine but this is an unusually esthetic and sizable cluster of crystals, the largest to almost 1 CM. Under average lighting this looks very dark, almost black, but with strong lighting the more red color is seen. Most of the crystals are translucent and can glow with a good backlight. In excellent condition the matrix hosts a few isolated crystals but the main pure cluster of Cuprite is a full 5 CM across. The epitaxial arrangement of the Cuprite (most of these are Octahedra and aligned) is also very evident in person. A much better than usual Cuprite from Tsumeb, this is ex Charles M. Noll collection.
Really different and super attractive. Balls of blue Shattuckite sitting on crystals of bright green Dioptase. The color and contrast are very fine, this is in superb condition. We have handled a few nice Shattuckite balls in the past year but they are always on Malachite, never like this on lustrous Dioptase. This was the only specimen we saw of this quality and condition. It is much more vivid in person too, a very unusual and striking piece that displays well from most any angle. From a recent find at the Onderra Mine (Namibia), we had hoped there would be more but it seems this was a one time find.
HOLD Fluorite, zoned cubes
stock #HOLD 21.1-471
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarango District
5.6 x 3.6 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
A choice older specimen of phantom Fluorite from the famed Okorusu Mine (Namibia). The main crystals are especially fine, sharp edged, and transparent. Color zoning is also very distinct with the overall hue a mid range blue with phantoms being a more deep blue to purple color. We have seen huge amounts of Fluorite from this mine over the years but very few were in such good condition with prominent zoning. The mine has been inactive for several years now, these are becoming modern classics.
A sharp and fully transparent gem crystal of Cerussite that is in exceptional, undamaged condition. This has a champagne colored phantom that is only seen on a few angles, otherwise the crystal has a very limpid interior. The termination is a complex, stepped chisel type and most of the faces are both lustrous and have some complex growth patterns that are well-defined. A Tsumeb classic that has the clarity and color like a fine Kombat Mine piece but has the habit of Tsumeb. Far better in person.
A very fine and unusual miniature specimen that looks like blueberries on an evergreen bush. From a small recent find at Okandawasi (Namibia) in the Kaokoveld. This is composed of needle crystals of primary Malachite in a complex cluster. The Shattuckite is in powder blue balls with a matte luster and are perched on the branches. An unusual form and with very memorable esthetics for these Copper minerals.
A fine cluster of sharp Descloizite crystals in an esthetic cluster. This is an old specimen, the original yellowed label is for Oulifantsfontaine in South West Africa which is an old, little known locality for Descloizite located about 40 KM from the well-known Berg Aukus. This is the first specimen I have ever seen available from this locality and it is in excellent condition with a good luster. This piece is mounted on a wooden checker (game piece) with a black putty. It can be removed but this is a great old mounting job and a nice historic touch. The crystals look fine from every angle, and are in a nice arrangement much like a castle on a mountain.
One of the most sought after Tsumeb minerals is Cerussite that has inclusions of Chalcotrichite that turn clear crystals red or orange. The most vivid examples tend to be very small crystals and incredibly costly. This is a choice Cerussite that has Chalcotrichite needles, both on the exterior and interior, however the color not super saturated but is a light reddish-orange. The crystals reach over 3 CM which is large for an included Cerussite, and are quite well-defined with obvious twinning. Several faces are rather jagged looking on close exam where is seen geometric stepped crystal patterns some of which have formed around needles of Chalcotrichite. The matrix is a mixture of Dolomite, Malachite, Calcite and there are some unidentified dark acicular crystals at the junction of the Cerussites with the matrix. The Cerussites are transparent and the faces are highly lustrous and glass-like. Looks fine from several angles, the main crystals are in fine condition with perfect tips. The backside has some minor broken areas but it is only on the back and not seen from the front which is in excellent shape. A hard to get Tsumeb rarity that is better looking in person too.