An interesting, and probably very old specimen that has a few thick, spear-like crystals of Azurite altering to Malachite, perched against a knob of glistening smithsonite (a rare association, that). The azurite crystal is quite a bit sharper in person than it appears in the photo, for some reason. 6 x 4 x 3.75 cm
A VERY unusual combination piece both for the association itself (which is uncommon for some reason) and for the simple fact that the smithsonite is plain weird. I've never seen a smithsonite from Tsumeb quite like it, with its botryoidal form and yellow (cadmian?) color. Labels take it back to 1920. 8 x 6 x 5 cm
8.9 x 6.4 x 4.6 cm. Rare yellow smithsonite from Santa Eulalia. This is a thick crust, and the surface has a wonderful shimmering luster to it. This beauty came out of the collection of Dave Stoudt.
An impressive, pristine, complete-all-around stalactite of smithsonite. It is perhaps colored red-brown by iron and is oddly attractive. 8 x 3 x 2 cm
Red smithsonite. Ex Nauke Oechslin Collection, purchased in Africa in the early 2000.
8.5 x 5 x 5 cm
A hefty, important specimen with some of the very sharpest smithsonite crystals I have ever seen (to 2.5 cm and so sharp they draw blood), perched with glassy little cerussite twins on a sparkling matrix. This large cabinet piece was one of the smithsontie suite in the first collection of Dr. Edward David, sold in 1993.
15 x 11 x 7 cm
A unique piece with unreal blue color caused by growth of small, sparkly smithsonite crystals on and included by rosasite. Talk about blue smithsonite! This is a real oddity, and I have not seen the like before. From the collection of William Pietsch, brother of the town baker in Windhoek, Namibia (both of whom are collectors)
7 x 6.5 x 3.5 cm
An unusual and attractive specimen of pale green-beige smithsonite (apparently just faintly cuprian or cadmian or both), rising to an apex and crowned by an elongated cerussite crystal. The smithsonites have great lustre and sharp rhombohedral form to them. It is a visually unusual piece, if not a world-beater per se. Ex. Smithsonian collection (thru Charlie Key)
8 x 8 x 4.5 cm
Sharp, translucent rhombohedra included with oriented streaks of hematite that give them a red color preferential to the edges. They rest on crystals of reticulated cerussite at the base, and smithsonite-coated cerussites stick out around the bottom. Ex. Les Presmyk collection 6 x 5.5 x 5.5 cm
Dozens of transparent , gemmy, elongated crystals of smithsonite spraying in all directions from a matrix of tennantite! A great miniature for this habit! Has labels back to 1971 when Bob Jones purchased the specimen directly from Walt Lidstrom. Evan Jones sold his Tsumeb collection (which incorporated his fathers' collection) directly to the Sussmans around 1997. 5 x 4.5 x 3 cm
A very interesting specimen from the Barlow collection, featuring a thick "drape" of yellow-brown, translucent smithsonite coating a tennantite crystal all around. The smithsonite is translucent in light, so you see the tennantite phantom internally. 5.5 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm
This specimen has a large 3 cm (!!) crystal with one of the sharpest phantoms I have ever seen in a smithsonite! Actually, it has 3 such crystals (2 smaller ones and the 3 cm monster), perched on tennantite matrix that is coated by sparkling, colorless crystals of an entirely different habit of smithsonite. Superb display specimen and competition miniature! 5 x 4 x 2 cm
A VERY WEIRD specimen with sharp dendrites of native copper erupting from and going back into a very strangely-colored smithsonite which has yellowish color and waxy lustre to it (the first picture is more accurate for color). I've never seen the like, and neither had the Sussmans. This specimen comes from the Heini Soltau collection, and was purchased directly from him in Africa. 8 x 6.5 x 4 cm
Pink smithsonite. This piece was illustrated in a painting in Eberhard Equit's first volume. At the time it was in the Wolfgang Henckel collection. 8 x 6 x 4 cm
Large glassy crystals of attractive pastel-pink smithsonite! Ex Prosper Williams, who brought it back from Tsumeb in 1974; later Gene Tribbey and Steve Neely. 9 x 7.5 x 4 cm
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