Azurite and Cerussite on Arsentsumebite
1st Oxide Zone, Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 6.8 x 5.6 x 4.5 cm

An OLD classic, from this old classic mine! Super lustrous, dark, midnight-blue Azurite crystals to 7 mm completely cover the presentation side of the matrix on this very showy and unusual piece from Tsumeb. Crystals of this sharpness and luster are not that common from the first (and upper) oxidized zone of this very famous mine (circa 1890s to 1920) due to many factors: weathering, miner preservation, and lack of survival after nearly100 years! As if the Azurites weren't already good enough, there is crystallized Cerussite that adds greatly to the importance of this piece. In particular, there is a 1.3 cm reticulated Cerussite nestled among the Azurites, and this itself is decorated with small, gemmy Azurites. A rich mix of color-contrasting arsentsumebite throughout the matrix adds a nice accent and proves the old origin of the piece (it was found in that era of mining). This is a dramatic, high-quality combination piece with outstanding aesthetics and both mineralogical and visual interest. ex Sussman.