Smithsonite Var. Cuprian
Small Cabinet, 7.5 x 6.4 x 5.2 cm
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia

This roughly crystallized specimen of cuprian smithsonite, in crystals to 6.5 cm in length, is a pseudomorph after another mineral species, presumably after aragonite. The crystals are translucent, thin casts forming stalactite-like growths that together form the larger crystals you see. They exhibit a pleasing pastel but rich, apple-green color. A very unusual specimen! It is complete all around. I have not seen another quite like this piece.

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