Wulfenite on Dolomite
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 6.6 x 5.5 x 4.9 cm
Ex. Charlie Key
This is an important specimen with lustrous and translucent, tabular wulfenite crystals of a unique, electric orange-golden-flecked hue, to 2.5 cm across. The shockingly lustrous, translucent to transparent wulfenites are aesthetically perched on sparkling, ivory colored dolomite. Only the slightest bruising on a few crystal edges, and one small contact on the upper-right of the major crystal, is evident as a minor detraction on an otherwise world-class wulfenite specimen that is still a superb piece by any normal standard. Wulfenite of this quality, with fat translucent crystals of this size and luster, is almost unheard of from Tsumeb. Few will ever hit the market of this caliber when you take the size of the crystals and the size of the matrix into account. The last major piece of this style (probably the same pocket) that I am aware of came out to market from the Sussman collection in 2003, has since been on a Min Record cover; and resold for over double my initial selling price of 50k at the time. The total last bit of perfection isn't quite here, but its close; and both the overall impact and the significance certainly are present.