Smithsonite Var. Cuprosmithsonite With Cerussite
Cabinet, 10.2 x 6.5 x 3.7 cm
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Ex. Charlie Key
A sparkling, vivid green carpet of intergrown crystals of glassy and gemmy, forest green, cuprosmithsonite serves as the backdrop for what looks like sharp creatures floating in the sea of green... Nearly covering the cuprosmithsonite are twinned crystal clusters of reticulated cerussite with a stark white color, both lustrous and translucent. They are to 1.1 cm across. I can identify V-twins, reticulated complex growths, snowflake, twins, and cyclic twins all on the same specimen. A spectacular combination of species and colors! The association is rare to begin with, and this, as a cabinet piece, is really just unexpected.