Smithsonite on Tennantite and Galena
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 5.4 x 4.2 x 3.3 cm
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Distinctive combination piece, whose main minerals are sparkly Smithsonite crystals on large Tennantite crystals. The lustrous Smithsonites are 1-2 mm in size, and quite uniform with their excellent luster and clarity. They coat the actual Tennantite crystal faces. The largest Tennantite is 2.6 cm on edge, and the two together at the top look like jeweled cat ears. The iridescent Tennantite has grown on a core of Galena, and there is a fluorescent unknown in the matrix that glows a bright gold under UV light. Overall, a very fine combination piece whose individual minerals are excellent on their own.