Cerussite With Chalcotrichite Inclusions
Thumbnail, 2.1 x 1.5 x 1.3 cm
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Ex. Desmond Sacco
Among the rarest of the rare of beautiful Tsumeb mineral combinations, are these gorgeous, blood-red chalcotrichite-included cerussites. I am told that they were only found twice in the mine, for the last time during the early 1970s. Fine specimens that are more than just smears of color are exceedingly rare and hard to obtain, and treasured by the Tsumeb collectors who have them (as a lot, Tsumeb collector specialists being extremely possessive of ANYthing unique and pretty both). This is one of the finest thumbnail-sized examples I have seen amidst handling a number of major Tsumeb and thumbnail collections over the years: It is very elegant; shows classic cerussite morphology whereas most are etched or lumpy in form; and is complete all around 360 degrees. A bit of associated malachite adds contrast and makes this a more attractive thumbnail specimen overall. Although pricey, perhaps, there is nothing like this from any other occurrence on the planet, and these remain a uniquely Tsumeb combination. The rich color and waxy cerussite luster, taken together, really stands out. ex Desmond Sacco Thumbnail Collection