Cerussite Included By Malachite
Miniature, 4.1 x 3.2 x 2.3 cm
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
An exceptional rarity! This is a cerussite of gem quality and high luster, included with brilliant green malachite. Very few of these turn up on the market - I have sold a LOT of Tsumeb pieces and handled perhaps only half a dozen in 20 years. This would rank near the top, in quality overall. And for a miniature, its really up there compared to its peers. In person, the subtle contrasts are mesmerizing, and the reticulated twinning oof the cerussite is geometric and 3-dimensional. It is a SUPERB miniature, period, for any species, and for a Tsumeb suite will leap out from the crowd (and there IS a crowd). Such pieces are rare, and said to have come from just one pocket in the 1980s (though I cannot confirm this).