Adamite (Var: Cuprian Adamite), Schultenite, Bornite
Tsumeb Mine (Tsumcorp Mine), Tsumeb, Otjikoto (Oshikoto) Region, Namibia
Miniature, 3.5 x 2.8 x 1.3 cm
A rare and fine combination specimen from the Tsumeb Mine. A 2.6 cm, striking vug is lined with gemmy and lustrous, emerald-green cuprian adamite crystals in a matrix of sparkly, peacock-iridescent, copper-red, massive bornite. A real bonus at the end of the vug on this rarity is a 3 mm long lathe of colorless, gypsum-like schultenite. Schultenite is a very rare lead arsenate and Tsumeb is the Type Locality. Combination specimens of this type were found (very few), only once, in the 1970s at Tsumeb, as reported in the 1977 Mineralogical Record TSUMEB special issue. Ex. Prosper Williams Collection; he was a very respected Tsumeb importer specializing in such rarities.