Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Cabinet, 10.5 x 6.3 x 6.1 cm
A gemmy, sparkling, bubbly blue willemite of a quality that I simply never thought to exist, from the remarkable small find of the late 1970s that is regarded by most Tsumeb afficionados as having produced the finest willemite in the world. This piece is 3-dimensional, has great horizons, and is complete all around! It is blue on the front, and red (also willemite) on the backside. Most people whom I showed this to, thought it was a translucent smithsonite. Joe Budd photos.