Cerussite With Malachite Inclusions
Thumbnail, 2.0 x 1.4 x 1.0 cm
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Ex. Ed Ruggiero

A rare treasure indeed! When this small pocket turned up in the early 1970s, Ed used his equipment (he was a geophysicist) to check the nature of the green inclusions and was the author of a short article on the find published in the Min Record special issue on Tsumeb in 1977. This is one of those original specimens, which he kept. It is a complete-all-around, pristine specimen with a gemmy large crystal on matrix with smaller crystals. This is a bright and colorful piece, with rich green inclusions that accentuate the luster and form of the cerussite while adding a novel color. To this day, this small pocket remains unique. To our knowledge, there were just a small handful of specimens and they are all extremely rare, and hard to find available. This is small, true, but its one of the best pieces here, in my book - and among the most rare