Miniature, 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.5 cm
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Ex. Robert Whitmore
Ludlockite, found here at its TYPE LOCALITY, is a weird iron-lead arsenite that was found around 1970 the very lower depths of Tsumeb, in its deepest oxidation zone filled with all kinds of bizarre mineralogy. The color of ludlockite is interesting, but when combined with the metallic luster to its fibrous crystals, the overall effect of a ludlockite specimen is unique and visually stunning. It looks like hair dipped in bronze and gelatin. This is a very rich, sturdy cluster of intergrown acicular crystals, perched on a minimal amount of ore matrix. A rare, display-sized, beautiful miniature specimen for this species normally available to collectors today only as micros or small pockets rather than with such large freestanding clusters such as this.