Azurite and Cerussite with Calcite
Easter Pocket, Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Cabinet, 11.0 x 7.5 x 6.0 cm
Ex. Dr. Art Soregaroli
$7,500.00 Payment Plan Available
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Impressive cabinet specimen of Azurite that displays the tabular crystal habit so characteristic of the famous Easter Pocket find of the early 1990s (the last major azurite find at the mine, if I recall). The Azurites have superb luster and deep blue color, with the largest crystal being about 2 cm. Azurites from this pocket have a unique, totally characteristic, typical habit that is more flattened than other azurite styles. There is some minor edge wear, as normal for exposed Azurites like this, but it has only a nominal effect on the overall beauty and size impact, especially considering the rarity of cabinet pieces today nearly 25 years later. The Easter Pocket style and discovery is well documented in the Tsumeb books by Gebhard and the Namibia books by Bode. They are almost impossible to find on the market today. Associated with the Azurites are several reticulated Cerussite twins up to about 4 mm, and there is fluorescent Calcite in the matrix. Because of the sculptural quality of the piece and the matrix association, I would rate the aesthetics of this piece highly. RARE today! Comes with a custom base. From the extensive Tsumeb suite of the Art Soregaroli collection.