ex. Evan Jones
Just as Peter Megaw described in the MR, Vol.34, # 5 on pages 81 and 82, This specimen began life as a botryoidal crust of malachite on limonite. A later generation of gemmy, lustrous, rich, teal colored, rosasite grew over the malachite. On top of the rosasite are clusters of small, gemmy, hemimorphite crystals. I particularly like the sculptural quality of the specimen. Formerly in the collection of Arizona dealer, Evan Jones, and before him, Monnie Speck of Phoenix. Circa 1950ís.
ex. Charlie Key
To me, the most beautiful habit of smithsonite, bar none period, from Tsumeb, is this rare style and combination: Gemmy and glassy, greenish-blue crystals of smithsonite, to .5 cm across, are emplaced on a crust of blue-green, rosasite which sits on a white, limestone matrix. The combination is very colorful! Although the crystals are small, they are so impactful, so juicy and bright, that this style of smithsonite is to me the most beautiful here, if not the most significant for size, and separation, I'd usually want.
ex. Charlie Key
A coating of superb, "velvety" blue-green rosasite has grown over a botryoid of fibrous, deep green, malachite. This rosasite coating is absolutely one of the most visually pleasing colors in the mineral kingdom. A rich, displayable 3-D miniature.
ex. Charlie Key
Original botryoids of fibrous, green, malachite which average 1 cm across, have been coated by superb, blue green , "velvety" rosasite. The bottom side has several glassy and gemmy, colorless crystals of cerussite, to .5 cm across.
ex. Charlie Key
This is a rare DOUBLE REPLACEMENT the likes of which is only found at Tsumeb. Two crystals, one rather fat and large at 5.5 cm in length, have grown parallel to each other. These crystals grew as azurite crystals which were later altered to malachite and then still changed again as the pocket chemistry changed, into this magnificent, turquoise blue rosasite. The specimen is studded with small gemmy crystals of cerussite, to .5 cm across. A small area of bruising on the back side of the main crystal in no way detracts from the frontal display of this incredible pseudomorph. The front is very 3-D and in good shape save for a small contact on the upper-left edge where there is an attached bit of cerussite (but not damage to the rosasite itself). These specimens are rare, and hard to obtain in any kind of quality. This pleasing light blue color is the most desired.
ex. Ernie Schlichter
This is an extraordinarily large and rich specimen of MEXICAN rosasite, not Tsumeb as you might first think at a glance! The limonite matrix hosts blue-green spheres of rosasite, to around .5 cm, nestled in a vug. Colorless and lustrous crystals of hemimorphite, to .5 cm, are coated with a rosasite veneer. The combination of rust colored limonite, blue-green rosasite and colorless hemimorphite make for a lovely color palette. Note this can be trimmed to a very nice, even more balanced small cabinet if desired
ex. Frank Valenzuela
A very rare example of isolated , rounded crystals of smithsonite for this locale. Most smithsonite from Kelly is in the form of thick botryoidal masses. This particular style is very seldom seen, and particularly in association with nice, discrete balls of aurichalcite. Although there are a few peripheral smithsonites with minor damage, the major crystals are pristine and fine. The color contrast is striking, and rarely seen on the market compared to the more common sort. Surely an old specimen, which Frank obtained from mine owner Tony Otero in the early 1980s. Joe Budd Photos.
ex. Jason New
From finds of 2008-2009, this is one of the most interesting velvety rosasites I have seen, for its surreal mountainscape form. The blue is a particularly vivid blue hue, and combined with the texture make these very eye-appealing rosasites. Jason New built a collection of the best Ojuela material of the last decade, some of which we recently obtained for sale. This specimen was one such piece, and although there were many rosasites found, in person you would see that few were of this quality and its just an extra bit special. Joe Budd photos
6.6 x 5.2 x 3.2 cm. A STRIKING and uncommon Tsumeb specimen of a vertical vug richly and attractively lined with blue-green rosasite on cerussite. The large cerussite near the top is 6 mm and the scattering of azurite crystals to the right of the vug is a nice accent.
16.5 x 13.4 x 4.3 cm. From one of the most classic Colorado localities, we have a great secondary ore association specimen. This piece features coating of green blue botryoidal Rosasite coating greyish color Smithsonite on and layered, three-dimensional matrix. There are also micro sparkling Cerussite crystals on the Rosasite, making it a great secondary ore association specimen. Ex. Kosnar Collection.
8.6 x 5.8 x 5.2 cm. A rare specimen of Tsumeb rosasite (copper zinc carbonate hydroxide) with well-defined balls on contrasting, translucent calcite crystals. They are not here, as you sometimes see, just an accenting mineral in massive form - these balls of rosasite measure to over 0.5 cm.
9.0 x 8.5 x 5.2 cm. CERTAINLY, one of the most DESIRABLE and RARE Tsumeb pseudomorphs is a DOUBLE-replacement such as this. This EXCELLENT and VERY SHOWY rosasite after malachite after azurite specimen is LARGE and is RICHLY covered with multi-hued, turquoise-colored pseudos on quartz matrix. The STRIKING, 1.7 cm, doubly terminated crystal in the center of the vug is focal point of this outstanding piece. There are even a few, tiny, glassy cerussites scattered about as an accent. SELDOM available in this quality and size. Ex. George Elling Collection and CLASSIC material seldom seen, especially in cabinet sized specimens.
7.5 x 4.4 x 3.7 cm. An old-time, very showy Tsumeb specimen of blue-green rosasite richly covering one side of a very 3-dimensional matrix of sparkly dolomite, which is probably zinc rich. Rosasite of this quality and combination is RARELY available from Tsumeb. The contrast is striking. Ex. Rob Smith Collection, a noted Tsumeb specialist.
4.1 x 2.4 x 2.3 cm. Gemmy and glassy, greenish-blue crystals of smithsonite, to .5 cm across, are emplaced on a crust of blue-green, rosasite which sits on a white, limestone matrix. The combination is very colorful! Although the crystals are small, they are so impactful, so juicy and bright, that this style of smithsonite is to me the most beautiful here, if not the most significant for size, and separation, I'd usually want. Ex. Charlie Key Collection.
4.4 x 2.8 x 1.8 cm. A coating of superb, "velvety" blue-green rosasite has grown over a botryoid of fibrous, deep green, malachite. This rosasite coating is absolutely one of the most visually pleasing colors in the mineral kingdom. Ex. Charlie Key Collection.
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