Description

    Calcite
    Crystal Palace, December 1990, Level 43, Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia

    There was a small cave struck in Level 43 of the Tsumeb Mine, in December of 1990, that was lined with colorless to light yellow Calcite crystals. It soon ended up being called the "Crystal Palace" for the wonderful, sparkling aspect of the cavity. The miners saved many of the Calcite groups, before the area was milled for ore, and this group is one of the ones preserved for posterity. Simple rhombic crystals cover the piece in considerable profusion. Not quite colorless, the specimen has a faint, honey coloration and under SW-UV, a strange orange-red band appears under the top layer of Calcite. Overall condition is excellent with but a couple of minor bruises.
    Measurements: 8.3 x 5.7 x 2.7 inches (21.1 x 14.4 x 6.9 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: Rainbow of Africa Collection


    Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2015
    15th Thursday
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