Smithsonite (Mn-bearing)
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region, Namibia
Miniature, 4.9 x 3.6 x 2.5 cm
Ex. Dick Hauck
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Manganese-bearing smithsonite from a single major 1980s pocket in Tsumeb is one of the rarest varietals of the species, and immediately recognizable to the trained eye due to the unique red hue, combined with sharp rhombic crystals. This is a choice miniature with a centered crystal of 1.4 cm amidst smaller crystals, for rich coverage. These are so rare on the market today, we buy every one we can get our hands on when they turn up in old collections. Often they were mislabeled at the time as cobaltian smithsonites (which are much more common from Tsumeb) and it was only later that this one pocket was found to be red from manganese, rather than cobalt inclusions.