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    AZURITE
    Tsumeb Mine (Tsumcorp Mine), Tsumeb, Otjikoto (Oshikoto) Region, Namibia

    Tsumeb Azurites are justly famous for their stout habit and size. In addition, some are possessed of a brilliant luster as good as that seen on any Azurite, from anywhere. This blue-black aggregate shows multiple, complex faces that are nothing more than other faces of the main crystal, itself over 2.5 inches (6.5 cm) across. The thick, wedge shaped crystals have a mirror-bright luster that contrasts well with the orange and green matrix. There is a little patch where the classic Tsumeb Azurite to Malachite transformation has occurred, producing a small, chatoyant, green area on one crystal. As an added bonus, this fine specimen shows well from either side - it is definitely multidimensional. It bears accession #4711 (the origin of the collection number is unknown) and was mined between 1900 and 1920. An outstanding specimen from a now closed, classic locality - it is in pristine condition.
    Overall measurements: 3.5 x 3.5 x 1.75 inches (8.9 x 8.9 x 4.4 cm). Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: Western Minerals [Hoppel Catalog # D1566]


    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2013
    2nd Sunday
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