Tsumeb Gallery... Smithsonites, Page 2

 

Mineral Specimens For Sale From the Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa

The fine smithsonites of Tsumeb are well known the world over.  The great variety of colors, crystal forms, and associated minerals make these specimens noteworthy.  Throw in the crystals in well formed and large crystals and one has what makes for world class specimens.  Fine examples are uncommon where as smaller, less colorful ones are still commonly available.  Pink, green, tan, blue, clear, black, orange, yellow... is there any color that doesn't exist?

 

 

 

OKL-397

OKL-398    Cuprian Smithsonite and Cerussite with Others      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This 8.3 x 5 x 3.5 cm is most important for its coverage of bright, gemmy green smithsonites.  However, there are numerous other minerals present as accessories in well formed but small crystals.  White balls of what appears to be dolomite?, at least one small spray of what could be mimetite?, black blades of manganite? And the initial coating on the matrix which looks to me to be smithsonite that is brown in color????  Sorry that I don’t have all the answers for this one but if nothing else it is a very displayable, damage free specimen of one of the rare forms of smithsonite.  $700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-399

OKL-399     Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.   This one is a large matrix piece with many hundreds of prismatic smithsonite crystals covering much of it undulating, three dimensional surface.   It measures in at 11.2 x 6 x 4 cm and is in excellent condition showing no visible damage.  It is a bit dirty looking and has a slight pink color not evident in the images.  $350

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-748

Bottom

OKH-748     Cuprian Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This pretty apple green color is so attractive in smithsonite and sadly so rare.  The specimen seen here is a fantastic dome shaped piece entirely coated on its upper surfaces by a druse of green crystals.  The backside (base?) has similar crystals but they more thinly scattered giving you a look at their appearance as individuals.  They are small, only reaching a few millimeters each, but they are very high in luster, nice in their form and totally damage free.  The piece could be positioned several different ways, all of which give beautiful views of damage free surfaces of intense color.  6.9 x 5.5 x 3 cm.  Impressive.  $8,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-752

OKH-752     Cobaltoan Smithsonite        Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.   The finest miniature in the collection given the massive size of the dominate crystal.  It alone measures 3 x 2.9 cm and is a luscious pink color.  It is transparent to some depth then crosses over to being translucent.  The overall dimensions of the specimen are 7 x 5.2 x 3.8 cm.  It sits a couple different ways on flat surfaces showing the crystals equally well.  One tiny crystal beside the big one must have grown across the pocket because it shows a small contact with rock.  No damage but has strong edge contacts.  Great satin luster!  An exceptional smithsonite.  Comes with custom engraved acrylic base.  Price on Request

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-429

Back

OKL-429      Smithsonite casts after Unknown     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  These casts are most likely after calcite given their nice rhombohedral shape, but I guess it could as easily be after some other carbonate species.  5.5 x 4.7 x 3 cm overall with well formed casts to 2 cm.  No damage and interesting form.  Pink smithsonite replacement on top sides white to greenish white on bottom.  Fully formed (crystallized) on all surfaces less one small contact area on base, or if you prefer, back.  The piece is exceptional in every regard and certainly a rare thing.  Views from any direction, not too fragile to handle…perfection.  Beautiful and unusual.  $3,900

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-738

OKH-738      Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Although it is only miniature sized, this piece grabs your attention.  The largest crystal protrudes out of the others showing up to 2.5 cm of its length (of course there is almost as much buried amongst the intergrown crystals) and has a high luster and extremely fine, sharp form.  The specimen is mostly large crystals and is a light yellow color (probably cadmian).  It sits perfectly with the large crystal vertical and contact hidden below of to the back.  Side views are good too!  There are a few light brown hematite staining lines following crystal striations which add some contrast.  The crystals themselves are very transparent with a change to translucence at depth.  4.5 x 3.8 x 3.2 cm overall.  The little grove at the tip of large crystal is a face and that interesting characteristic shows on a couple of the other large crystal.  This is certainly a fantastic miniature in many regards.   $2,300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-739

OKH-739      Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This 5.5 x 4 x 3.5 specimen shows an open seam with a number of relatively large smithsonites, to 1.2 cm each, of an unusual color.  They light tan color and have what appear to be hematite dots on much of their surfaces.  There is no damage however one crystal at the edge of the piece is missing.  Interesting example and the only one like this I have found in the collection.  $375

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-513

OKL-513     Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A very large thumbnail sized piece measuring 3.8 x 2.6 x 2 cm with large crystals to 1.2 cm each.  They are well formed, high on luster, and quite clear.  Mounted in a perky box.  Excellent condition with fine views all around.  $140

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-613

OKL-613    Smithsonite, Cerussite, Quartz    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.   A white translucent cerussite twin measuring almost a cm sits amongst large sharply formed smithsonte crystals.  5 x 3.5 x 2 cm with smithsonite crystals to 1.2 cm each.  The piece is damage free, of nice luster, and a fine example of this classic material.   $250

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-614

Back

OKL-614    Cerussite, Smithsonite, Tennantite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.   This is a very fine example of an uncommon color of smithsonite from Tsumeb.  It is damage free piece that has nice coverage in an aesthetic arrangement on its front.  A mineral, crystal mix on the backside is a bonus but those crystals are much smaller.  6.7 x 5.6 x 2.1 cm.  Excellent quality.  Sizable, rare, classic, attractive, and well-priced…  $250

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-569

OKL-569    Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.   The more typical material for form, clarity and color.  Clean crystals in this plate, no damage.  4.1 x 3.5 x 1.5 cm.  An excellent example for the price.   $60

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-649

Back

OKL-649      Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Large transparent to translucent crystals reaching 1.2 cm each in numerous regions of this fine matrix piece.  Coatings of small, large or a combination of both sizes of crystals on all sides.  Sits a couple of different ways displaying nicely from all views.  Contact edge is the base and one side shows some contact but the crystals are in fantastic condition.  7.2 x 6 x 4 cm.  Attractive and desirable.  $425

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-650

OKL-650      Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, (more likely Berg Aukus) Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection. A large, crude, translucent mass of botryoidal material.  Rare color and uncommon form measuring 6.7 x 5 x 4.7 cm.  Very rough from breakage along one side and base.   $320

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-651

OKL-651      Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Attractive light pink smithsonite crystals on a matrix that measures 5.2 x 3.5 x 2.8 cm overall.  The crystals are up to .9 cm each and have a lower luster due to a light frosting and an accessory mineral (unknown white coating) that is evident in the images. No damage.   $150

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-652

OKL-652      Cuprian Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Crystals of this rare green variety are so uncommon, and fine examples like this, simply a rare thing on today’s market.  This high luster example is composed of stacks of transparent light green crystals to .6 cm each.  Their surfaces show an unusual rhombic patterning on their surfaces that I have not seen in this material.  All surfaces except the base and the lower part of one side are fully crystallized and aesthetic.  This is a very attractive miniature that measures 4.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm.  It stands on edge and views great from any direction.  I think it is damage free but when looped there is one area on side/ back that could show crystal contact.  It is really hard to tell.  I think this is about as fine a miniature as you could find of this rare stuff.  $1,200

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-653

OKL-653      Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Very large (to 2.4 cm) crystals forming a short stalactite.  Good condition but I see a thin cleave off the edge of one crystal, which could be considered the back as it views nicely from any direction.  Nice translucence.  Etched appearance to crystal surfaces.  4.3 x 3.1 x 3 cm overall.  Minor Styrofoam on base.  $350

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-654

Back

Close-up on cerussite crystal, mostly covered.

OKL-654     Cuprian Smithsonite, Cerussite, Calcite, Duftite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A really attractive light greenish blue specimen (the smithsonite).  Mix includes calcite and duftite  Edge contacts but no damage to central regions.  A cerussite twin can be seen in the bottom center of the display face but it is partially buried by other species.  Some crystallization on back.  Sits nicely.  Very attractive miniature measuring 5.4 x 4 x 3 cm.  $300

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-655

Back

OKL-655      Cobaltoan Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A nice miniature with unusual barrel shaped crystals of a purplish pink color on a dark matrix of crystallized tennantite.  The smithsonites and matrix are damage free and the only contact is its flat base.  It sits nicely and views well from all directions.  5 x 2.5 x 2.1 cm.  Excellent miniature.  $650

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-656

Back/ base

OKL-656      Cobaltoan Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A very bright pink example with transparent crystals to 1 cm each coating all sides except base.  Only damage is a single crystal cleave on the top back that does no show from the frontal view anyway.  This is an exceptionally aesthetic miniature for color, luster and clarity.  4.7 x 3 x 2.4 cm.  Great piece!  $750

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-645

Back

OKL-645      Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Very sharply formed rhombs of an unusual brown colored smithsonite coat all of one side of this specimen and some small regions of its backside.  Close inspection will show tiny botryoidal groups of a green mineral that appears to be malachite in many areas of the display face.   The crystals are to .7 cm each and the specimen measures 6.3 x 4.8 x 2.1 cm.  The plate is basically a floater with only the smallest of contacts on back.  No damage at all.  Very fine piece.  $700

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-646

OKL-646      Cobaltoan Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A very fine, large specimen measuring 9.2 x 6.7 x 4 cm overall with large crystals to 1.6 cm each.  The luster is fantastic and the contrast with the black matrix really sets off the color in these crystals which are an attractive pink/ purple color.  They are transparent to translucent and often have color variations within each crystal.  The white regions appear to be low lying cerussite some of which shows chipping.  This is minor as the entire piece is otherwise pristine.  Even the edges are very nice in quality not showing the typical breakage from matrix.  The piece displays best on edge but will not sit this way without aid.  A spectacular example of what some of the fines of these classic smithsonite crystal groups looks like.  I feel this price is a great one and anyone looking for a killer Tsumeb smithsonite should consider its acquisition.    $1,750

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-647

Cuprite in base

OKL-647      Smithsonite on what appears to be Cuprite casts after ?   Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection. The label simply stated “Smithsonite, Tsumeb, S. Africa”.  If someone told me that this was Berg Aukas, Grootfontein Dist., Namibia I’d be hard pressed to argue differently… except that cuprite is unknown from there.  This specimen appears to clearly have bright red cuprite below the smithsonite crystals and they even appear to be casts after some prismatic, bladed species that is now long gone.  A strange specimen for sure.  I’m left trusting the label and describing it as follows:  the crystals a a light yellow color with an interesting stepped surface growth, giving them an etched appearance.  They are quite large, to 1.6 cm each, and they coat these bright red casts of what appears to be cuprite.  A tiny cleave off one crystal on the end is all I can make out for damage so the specimen is in excellent condition, overall.  Some minor Styrofoam is attached to the base.  It displays nicely from any direction.  7.9 x 6 x 4 cm overall.  An attractive and unusual find from this prolific mine.  $650

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-628

OKL-628      Cuprian Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  An attractive green colored smithsonite in tiny crystals shows up dramatically on this bright white crystallized matrix.  Three dimensional in form, colorful, nice luster, no damage, good views front, top sides.  4.3 x 3.4 x 2.8 cm overall.  Rare color.  Excellent miniature in all regards.  $400

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-629

OKL-629      Cobaltoan Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Vivid pink crystals fill a “V” shaped void in this matrix specimen.  It measures 4.7 x 4 x 2.8 cm with transparent crystals to .6 cm each.  No damage.  $180

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-620

OKL-620      Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This matrix specimen measures 4.2 x 3.8 x 3 cm and has both smaller primary crystals coating the matrix as well as nicely formed, large smithsonite crystals to 1 cm each studded about on its surface.  The large crystals stand up nicely, are translucent and damage free. Some minor edge contact otherwise the specimen has good damage free crystallization both front and back.  A fine miniature. Minor Styrofoam attached on backside.   $360

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-623

Back (worst view)

OKL-623      Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  An attractive dome of crystals measuring 4.5 x 3.7 x 2.6 cm overall with individual crystals to 1.2 cm each.  The crystals have an attractive satin luster, somewhat honey colored cores.  There is base contact and very minor back contact with no damage being present elsewhere.  The piece displays great from all the usual directions: front, sides, and top.  $375

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-624

Back

OKL-624      Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A fine miniature with big crystals to 1.4 cm each.  It sits well and is damage free presenting attractive views from all sides.  In total the piece measures 3.8 x 3.1 x 2.6 cm.  There is minor Styrofoam attached to base.   $250

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-625

OKL-625      Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, (more likely Berg Aukus) Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection. Seeing a Tsumeb smithsonite in botryoidal form is a bit unusual since we are so spoiled by the great crystals produced at this classic locality.  Well, here it is, a short stalactite of an unusual greenish tan color measuring 4 x 3 x 2.4 cm.  The tip is damaged but otherwise in nice condition.  Stands nicely for display.    $160

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-679

OKL-679    Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.   Tiny, gemmy clear crystals of smithsonite with a slight copper colored ting.  An unusual looking specimen for the location.  5.5 x 2.5 x 2.2 cm.  No damage.  $85

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-680

OKL-680    Cobaltoan Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection. Pink crystals to a cm each on a matrix composed of a couple of stalactites of what is likely tennantite.  5.3 x 4 x 3 cm.  No damage except contacts where the stalactites were once attached within the vug.  $185 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-681

OKL-681   Cobaltoan Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.   Pink crystals on dark silver tennantite.  There are several contacts but the majority of the specimen is free of damage.  Dirty!  Needs a cleaning.  4.8 x 4.8 x 3 cm.  $100

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