Okenwasi Mine, Kaokoveld Plateau, Kunene Region, Namibia
Cabinet, 11.4 x 7.2 x 6.4 cm
Ex. Charlie Key

Here is a COMPLETE POCKET of high-grade velvety shattuckite, literally perched on its own natural pedestal and complete all around! Mineralogically, a fascinating piece, I think. How could such a thing survive, its beyond me; but apparently the shattuckite geode survived intact when surounding calcite or quartz was dissolved or etched away in nature. The pedestal of malachite and quartz sets the pocket up nicely, vertically, in a completely unique manner. The exterior of the pocket is solid shattuckite in a banded growth, which conformed (i presume) to the shape of the void in calcite or quartz that it filled, back in geological time. Now with that exterior mold removed, all the natural roughness of the exterior is starkly contrasting to the soft velvety, rounded shattuckite inside the pocket.This was found 2 years ago, and is from the collection of noted dealer and miner, Charlie Key, also then in the Marshall Sussman collection til now