Ludlockite, Leiteite, Stottite, Germanite
Small Cabinet, 6.2 x 5.1 x 4.0 cm
Tsumeb Mine (Tsumcorp Mine), Tsumeb, Otjikoto (Oshikoto) Region, Namibia
An EXCELLENT Tsumeb specimen consisting ENTIRELY of ULTRA-RARE, Holy Grail mineral species. Bright orange sprays to 7 mm of felt-like, acicular ludlockite needles are nicely scattered on a matrix of SOLID germanite ore. A centrally located, 1.3 cm vug hosts a 2.5 mm leiteite (the tall prismatic crystal with gem tip, slightly included with red ludlockite) and a gemmy, sharp, brown, tetragonal pseudo-octahedral, approximately 2 mm stottite crystal (not x-rayed but confirmed visually by Drs. Bill Pinch and Terry Seward among others). Tsumeb is the Type Locality for ALL 4 species and stottite, an iron germanium hydroxide, is known ONLY from Tsumeb. An outstanding Tsumeb combination piece of ultra-rare species from the Rob Smith Collection.