Description

    CUPRIAN SMITHSONITE
    Tsumeb Mine (Tsumcorp Mine), Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region (Oshikoto), Namibia

    The relationship between mines and specimens is a double-edged one. The same mine that allows access to hidden specimen treasures also sends most of its production through the crushers and mills in order to liberate the metals, that provide the raison d'etre for the whole enterprise. Enlightened mining companies allow a certain amount of 'leakage' to take place, because it can amount to a significant 'bump' to a miners wages without being a direct cost. Most likely this specimen rode out of the Tsumeb Mine in some miner or shift boss's lunchbox. Some miners even keep score on how much their lunchbox has yielded over time. This lunchbox treasure is a chunk of altered limestone with a sparkling overcoat of sharp and lustrous Cuprian Smithsonite of an attractive green hue. The color is due to small amounts of Copper being incorporated within the Smithsonite crystals. Blue and green are some of the more desirable hues that Tsumeb Smithsonite can display, and this specimen has a fairly large area of Smithsonite coverage. Excellent condition with only small amounts of peripheral bruising.
    Overall Measurements: 5.47 x 3.58 x 2.17 inches (13.9 x 9.1 x 5.52 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: George Witters [Hoppel #D0309]


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    May, 2014
    4th Sunday
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