Cerussite, Dioptase
Miniature, 5.0 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm
Tsumeb Mine (Tsumcorp Mine), Tsumeb, Otjikoto (Oshikoto) Region, Namibia
Since many years ago when I first walked into their basement and saw the collection, I have lusted after this piece. It is a simply gorgeous association, featuring a dark smoky, gemmy cerussite crystal perched in a nest of dioptase! Pristine save for one tiny, almost-unnoticeable ding, this was one of my favorite mini's in the collection. Erik Louw was a miner on the dioptase stope who traded extensively and accumulated one of the finest Tsumeb miniatures collections, purchased in entirety by the Sussmans in the late 1990's. 5 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm