Adamite Var. Cuprian
Small Cabinet, 6.2 x 4.3 x 2.7 cm
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
Nestled in a vug are crystals, to 1.5 cm in length, of lustrous and translucent, emerald green cuprian adamite. These crystals are surrounded by a drusy crust of bright yellow beaverite: itself, an uncommon lead, zinc, iron, arsenate. Few adamites from Tsumeb attain this color saturation, luster, and aesthetics. The crystals, to 1.5 cm, are sharp and glassy instead of the usual dull finish many green adamites have. The green color here is the most saturated green color you can ask in a cuprian adamite from Tsumeb. As far as I know, this style was found in only ONE single pocket, several decades ago. Overall, the piece is bright and sparkly, and features the superb dominant crystal right in the middle.
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