An open cavity fully lined with sharp, clear Tarbuttite crystals and with close exam some white acicular Scholzite crystals. Tarbuttite is quite rare worldwide but from two localities it was found at one time in good amounts and in high quality. The old Broken Hill (Zambia) and the Skorpion Mine in Namibia have both produced some well-crystallized and attractive specimens. These locales had a completely different look. This Broken Hill (Kabwe Mine) piece has lustrous, gemmy clear and very sharp crystals that are in fine condition overall and contrast with the matrix well. Choice and displays very well.
6.8 x 1.6 x 1 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
A slightly flattened, doubly terminated clear Citrine that is also a bit crude, from newer finds in Zambia. Lightly frosted on all faces but fully transparent this is a yellow brown hue. From sone angles these prisms can look dirty even though these are very clean this due to frosting seen at some angle. The interior of this is actually a very clear facet grade gem best seen when wet. A small chip on the lower termination not seen on most display angles, otherwise in very good condition. A slight gradation to a darker color is noted at both ends. A cute and affordable Citrine prism.
9.2 x 1.7 x 1 CM (cabinet)
A single Quartz prism, doubly terminated and complete all around with a color range from light yellow to a darker orange yellow at the tips. From a find about 3 years ago in Zambia, the best locality informaqtion we have is North-Western Province. The habit and form is quite different from the other Zambian locale in Luapula. If this locality produces again we will likely get better details on the exact source, but until there is more info we can still appreciate the quality of these specimens. All of the faces have a light frosting but the interior is gem clear with no clouding. The crystals were sold as gem rough but a few choice pieces were saved uncut.
Tarbuttite and Pyromorphite
Kabwe Mine (Broken Hill Mine) Kabwe
6.5 x 3.1 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
Two habits of Tarbuttite crystals are contrasted by distinctive green Pyromorphites. An unusual combination of species, I have not seen these together before. The Tarbuttite is very sharp and in distinct crystals, the Pyromorphite has the unusual habit of pointed pinacoid terminations (many are doubly terminated) and are color zoned with a transparent area in the center. This locality (Kabwe) was known as the Broken Hill mine of Northern Rhodesia, from 1906 until 1964. This is an older specimen.
Libethenite -rosette on matrix
Nkana Mine, Kitwe, Kitwe District
4.5 x 34.4 x 2.2 CM (miniature)
A rosette of sharp and lustrous Libethenite crystals in a shallow vug that shows very well. We have looked carefully to see if there were any repairs or glue on this, it appears to be intact and undamaged. One of the more esthetic examples I have seen the rosette is 1.3 CM in size. An older specimen of a habit that has not been available for some time, the crystal forms are quite distinct and have a good deep green color.