Smithsonite var. Cobaltoan
Small Cabinet, 6.8 x 3.9 x 3.5 cm
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia

Truly fine cobaltian smithsonites from Tsumeb are among the world's best of species, but so often they are small crystals or lack either luster or color. This piece, a dramatic small cab that could be trimmed to an even more dramatic miniature (hmmmm...!), is more beautiful than most. On massive, black sulfide ore is a fine cluster of lustrous and translucent rich pink rhombohedrons of cobaltoan smithsonite, highlighted by a 2.2 cm crystal, perched beautifully at the top of the specimen. Ex. Art Soregaroli Collection.