Wulfenite on Dolomite
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 7.4 x 5.0 x 4.7 cm
Ex. Charlie Key
Tsumeb is not known for fine wulfenites, with the exception of a very few specimens - of which I would class this one. The crystal is almost an inch across, about 2.2 cm. It is TRANSLUCENT and gemmy and lustrous, and it is remarkably almost freestanding, hanging out from a stalk of sparkly dolomitic matrix. The crystal is complete, and pristine save for a very minor, tiny ding, to 1 crystal edge, which does not affect the overall beauty of the specimen and in fact is hard to see anyhow. This is, to my mind, a major Tsumeb piece that is one of the few which can hold its own with wulfenite from other localities, but is all the more significant for being from this classic mine.