Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Miniature, 3.7 x 3.6 x 2.7 cm
Ex. Charlie Key
I LOVE this mimetite! It looks like these clusters were just stuck on here, the freestanding sculptural look is so unlikely! This is clearly a competition quality miniature! A sugary, white matrix is host for a cluster of lustrous and translucent, golden mimetite crystals. The large cluster of V shaped, diverging crystals measures 2.75 cm in length and you can see its doubly-terminated (though there is some damage to the rear of the upper splayed termination, the front is immaculate as you see here). In addition, on the left side of the specimen, a few crystals have formed an accenting "Bow Tie." This piece has TOP lemon-yellow color and really just lights up in a case. Most mimetites of this style have a certain amount of brown or ruddiness to them, but not this one. It glitters and glows. CKTSU-49 - Azurite with Malachite - $450 (SOLD) keytsumeb01-047 Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia Miniature, 4.0 x 3.5 x 2.7 cm Another, superb, competition quality miniature! Nestled in a vug of botryoidal, deep green malachite is a spray of extremely lustrous, neon, deep royal blue azurite of a glassy nature seldom seen at Tsumeb. The cluster's largest crystal is over 1.5 cm across. Only around the periphery's bottom is there any contact to the azurite, and it is insignificant when compared to the aesthetics of the piece. Not major in size, but so beautiful its easy to see why Charlie kept it back all these years.