Tsumeb Gallery... Smithsonites, Page 4

 

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-339

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OKL-339      Smithsonite (cast?)      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This is one of my favorite specimens from the collection!  The crystals of clear to slightly tan colored smithsonites are exceedingly sharp in their form and transparent/ translucent at their cores.  The entire piece looks to have been a cast growing on some other large crystal but that is difficult to prove in that every surface is now crystallized.  There are only to very small places where there was edge contact and the piece basically displays as a damage free floater.  The luster is exceptional and the crystals are large, to 1.9 cm each, with many being of large size.  The specimen measures 7 x 5.6 x 3.5 cm overall but appears larger in hand.  It is very sculptural and three dimensional.  The inside of the piece has a clearer, cleaner look while the crystals on the outside have a greater degree of tint, slightly tan, to them.  An exceptional smithsonites from the classic smithsonite locality.   Comes with custom engraved acrylic base.  $3,600

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-365

OKL-365    Cobaltoan Smithsonite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A hearty specimen measuring 6.5 x 4.5 x 2.3 cm overall.  It is slightly domical and has crystals to approximately .9 cm each.  The color is vibrant and the luster good.  Zero damage and only contact on edges.  Some of the back of the piece is mineralized too.  An excellent example.  $995

 

 

 

 

OKH-753

OKH-753      Smithsonite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  An attractive example with very large crystals to almost 2 cm each.  Nice clarity with tan colored phantoms.  Excellent condition with nothing other than some edge and back contacts.  A nice thumbnail sized specimen of substantial, high luster, large, well-formed crystals measuring 3.2 x 2.3 x 1.8 cm overall.  Only $95

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-754

OKH-754      Smithsonite and Cerussite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  An attractive cluster with large smithsonite crystals to a centimeter each with a twinned 1.3 cm cerussite on its side.  Nice clarity to the cerussite and light yellowish/ smoky color.  It has minor chipping.  The cluster of smithsonite is damage free and displays well form any side risiong in a sculptural stack.  A nice thumbnail sized specimen of substantial, high luster, large, well-formed crystals measuring 3.3 x 2.8 x 2.5 cm overall.  $300

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-755

OKH-755      Smithsonite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  An attractive example with large crystals to almost 1.1 cm each.  Excellent condition with no damage and great views from all sides.  Quite three dimensional.  A beautiful thumbnail sized specimen of substantial, high luster, large, well-formed crystals measuring 3.3 x 2.7 x 2 cm overall.  $175

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-359

OKL-359    Cobaltoan Smithsonite, Pyrite and Quartz on Tennantite Stalactites      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Deep purple pink smithsonites on an aesthetic assemblage of other minerals.  5.1 x 4.8 x 3 cm overall.  Sits flat on its noncrystallized base showing fully mineralized, damage free surfaces from any view including the back.  Aesthetic and interesting miniature.  $600

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-354

OKL-354     Cobaltoan Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  An attractive, damage free specimen with small crystal coating manganite.  Flat plates of this pink smithsonite appear to be casts but it is difficult to tell without having on broken (which none are).  6 x 5.6 x 3.6 cm.  A great bargain at $275

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-335

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OKL-335      Cobaltoan Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This specimen is composed of a druse of smithsonites over tennantite  stalactites.  The form looks tree like and only shows contact on the base and one area on the back.  The coating is very translucent to transparent, high in luster and gives the piece a nice aesthetic look.  No damage.  6 x 5.1 x 3 cm. A very high quality smithsonites specimen  $3,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-329

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OKL-329      Cobaltoan Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  An attractive specimen due to the fine contrast between the black magnesite base and the light pink smithsonites coating it almost everywhere.  It measures 5.7 x 5.2 x 3.5 cm and has large, sharply formed pink crystals to 1.2 cm each.  Base contact only with fronts and sides being damage free.  It displays nicely from any direction.  There are several small areas of sparkling smithsonites druse of a lighter color on a few crystals.  An exceptionally fine smithsonites specimen in any regard.  $1,700

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-187

OKK-187    Cobaltian Smithsonite     Tsumeb, S.W., Namibia, Africa.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunnning collection.  A superb example with transparent/ translucent crystals of an attractive pink color on white/ clear quartz.  Contacts are on one edge and back.  3.4 x 2.5 x 1.7 cm with crystals to .6 cm each.  No damage.  $130

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-722

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OKH-722      Cerussite on Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This monster could be the King of the collection!  It is a striking specimen, presents an attractive mineral combination, is in wonderful condition, is fully mineralized on all side, is very three dimensional…  it makes an impression when sized up with any smithsonite.  The color is not all that unusual but the form is great and the crystals attain a very respectable size.  There are some contact areas on the back but they are minimal and the front is damage free and consistently of the highest quality over its entire surface.  The twinned cerussites reach 1.7 cm in size and are gemmy.  The overall dimensions of the piece are 11.2 x 10 x 5.2 cm.  This one is a killer in all respects other than having some crazy color.  Yes, expensive but not a crazy price either.  Comes with custom engraved acrylic base.  Price on Request

 

 

 

 

OKL-514

OKL-514      Cobaltoan Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A fine dome with pink crystals to .5 cm each scattered about on a tennantite matrix.  No damage and mounted in a perky box. 3.3 x 3 x 1.8 cm.   $70

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-515

OKL-515     Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  An uncommon form and color represented by this 1.8 cm long single crystal of a light honey color.  The crystal is beautifully terminated with no damage.  It is gemmy and displays great from all sides.  Mounted in a perky box.  $120

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-516

OKL-516     Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A large thumbail sized piece measuring 3.2 x 2.8 x 1.8 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.  $85

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-517

OKL-517     Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  An uncommon color of copper/ brown with moderate surface iridescence. The cluster measures 2.7 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm with crystals to 1.5 cm each.  No damage.  Mounted in a perky box.  Excellent condition with fine views all around.  $100

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-518

OKL-518     Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A thumbnail sized piece measuring 2.7 x 2 x 1.7 cm with large crystals to 1.3 cm each.  They are well formed, high on luster, and quite clear.  Mounted in a perky box.  Excellent condition with fine views all around.  $65

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-639

OKL-639      Cuprian Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Close inspection shows lots of spike balls of this rare green colored smithsonite coating the display face of a 4 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm piece.  Stands on edge for display.  No damage and moderate edge contacts.  A rare crystallized smithsonite from the classic locality for this material.     $600

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-632

OKL-632      Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  An attractive piece with lots of contrast between the small crystals of smithsonite, large crystals (to 1.5 cm each), and the dark matrix.  The specimen measures 6.2 x 5.5 x 4 cm overall and the large crystals stand up very high off the matrix.  One crystal in one cluster, low and to the right, directly on the edge of the specimen, is chipped as should be expected but everything else is free of damage.  The grouping stands and displays nicely.  A fine example of crystallized smithsonite.    $450

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-730

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OKH-730    Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Another uncommon coloration for Tsumeb.  This plate of crystals measures 5.5 x 3.2 x 1.7 cm overall and is coated on its topside by sharply formed light brown crystal and on its backside with lighter and smaller tan colored crystals.  The piece has minor attachments along two small edges, otherwise a floater.  There appears to be a tiny chipped crystal near the center but even with magnification it looks clean.  I am pointing it out because the slight color difference could indicate that is cleaved.  A nice example that views fine from any direction.  $425

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-731

OKH-731      Cuprian Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Sharply formed schalenohedral crystals show up as coatings and in several radiating blooms on the surface of this 4 x 3.6 x 2.8 cm piece.  I beautiful shape with only edge contacts present.  No damage and great views all around.  The crystals are a vibrant green and of excellent luster.  We know how rare these cuprian smiths are and this one, although small is exceptional in quality.  $1,400

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-732

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OKH-732      Cuprian Smithsonite with Cerussite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This fine piece is one of the prizes of the collection and could be a centerpiece for any Tsumeb or smithsonite collection/ suite.  The entire upper surface and most edges are covered by large, transparent smithsonite crystals of a fantastic, rich green color.  On these can be see small blooms of cerussite crystals.  The backside of the specimen is coated by cerussite, partially well crystallized and partially massive.  The viewing surfaces on top are immaculate and have no damage.  It is slightly three dimensional with undulating mounds of the large (to .6 cm each) cuprian smithsonites.  This is NOT a druse of crystals.  Almost all are of this large size and they create a lot of flash.  The luster and form are both exceptional and consistent on every part of the surface.  8.7 x 6 x 3 cm. 

This fine specimen is for anyone who wants rarities but also searches for perfection.  The piece displays well from any direction and only shows minimal edge contact in a couple places.  Personally I have not seen any green smithsonite, for sale, this good from anywhere in the world.  Exceptional cabinet sized specimen.  Comes with custom engraved acrylic base.  Price on Request

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-733

OKH-733      Cobaltoan Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Another really impressive smithsonite in every regard… this has excellent color saturation but appears lighter in areas due to the transparency of the crystals and the black matrix.  I personally find these shade differences very attractive in that they present a variety of color contrasts over the surface of the piece instead of one consistent shade of color.  In any case, this large piece measures 7.7 x 6 x 3.5 and has crystals to 1.5 cm each.  The piece is more domical and three dimensional than it appears in the images and is robust feeling, in-hand, and views very well from any direction.  Even the edge contacts are clean showing little disturbance to the remaining crystal.  No damage, dull areas, low luster sections, or problems of any type.  Fantastic material!  $3,750

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-734

OKH-734      Cobaltoan Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This piece sits very high in a stable position showing complete crystallization on the front, one side and top.  There is partial coverage on the second side and back.  It measures 6.8 x 6 x 4.5 cm with individual crystals to a cm.  They are pink with light white phantoms and in good shape on all crystallized surfaces.  Base is flat and one edge has some contact in a very thin band.  The crystals are damage free except, of course, at areas of contact.  A handsome example.  $1,400

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-726

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OKH-726    Smithsonite casts after Unknown      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A large example showing smithsonite casts after a mineral of question.  The original coating of smithsonite on matrix (galena) is clear while the cast have a light pink color.  There are at least four places where casts are chipped but the specimen is unusual enough to still list here.  It displays well from front, top and sides with the base and majority of back showing no crystallization and being flat.  It sits nicely two different ways.  7.4 x 4.5 x 3.3 cm.  Very high luster.  Attractive and unusual color.  $350

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-728

OKH-728    Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This is a very fine domical miniature with large crystals to 1.4 cm each.  The crystals are transparent and the piece views very well from any direction.  One crystal on back has a tiny tip ding that is not obvious.  The specimen measures 4.2 x 2.8 x 2 cm overall.  Great luster and form to all crystals.  Very nice!  $550

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-681

OKL-682    Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.   This example is unusual for both its color, a amber tone, and its crystal form, elongated crystal that are almost bullet shaped.  Crystallized on all sides with some, but minimal, contacts.  Good luster.  A very nice, and unusual piece.  5.2 x 2.5 x 2.2 cm overall.  $175

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-617

OKL-617    Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  An attractively stacked grouping of tiny cinnamon to brown colored crystals.  Coatings are damage free on the front and much of the sides.  The top has one very tiny crystal with damage and there are a couple minor side contacts, none of which draw your eye.  Overall a fine quality specimen of smithsonite in an uncommon color.  4.1 x 4 x 2.9 cm.   $300

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-618

OKL-618    Smithsonite, Quartz, Mimetite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.   Lots of variety on this tall tapering stack of crystals.  The smithsonite is clear but appears black due to the underlying matrix.  Minor mimetite will have to be looked for to notice and liberal quartz crystals.  I’m not seeing any damage to the piece.  6.6 x 4.6 x 2.5 cm with individual crystals to 1.2 cm each.   $250

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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-383

OKL-383      Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This one is an outstanding damage free example measuring 3.2 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm having crystals to 1.2 cm each.  Fantastic quality with no damage and good views from any direction.  A fine matrix specimen in all regards.  Minor Styrofoam attachment.  Sits on side nicely.  Top quality piece.   $250

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-517

OKH-517      Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This aesthetic smithsonite has typically formed crystals to 1.4 cm each that show nice clarity.  The piece is a dome measuring 6.6 x 5.6 x 3.5 cm overall.  It is damage free and shows nice frontal and back views with the sides being only partially crystallized.  Excellent luster.  The brown is not staining, it is where you are seeing through the crystals to areas of brown colored matrix.  The crystals are exceptionally clean and attractive.  $595

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-513

OKH-513      Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This aesthetic smithsonite has typically formed crystals with an unusual color.  They are what I would describe as a light green, almost metallic grayish green.  They are transparent and high in luster, more so than most smithsonites.  The piece measures 8 x 4.8 x 4 cm overall and has crystals to over a cm each on edge.  There are only a couple very tiny dings which will not be at all evident with even close visual inspection but can be seen with 10x.  It is in great shape in my opinion!  Very sparse hematite? balls on surface appear in brown coloration.  A flashy specimen that sits beautifully on edge an displays nicely from front, top and sides.  $1,900

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-512

OKH-512      Cadmian Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection, circ. 1900.  This large, damage free example is unusual in its having schalenohedral crystal instead of the more typical blocky ones.  In either case they are uncommon.  This one also has a second generation of very tiny rhombohedral crystals of a lighter color (whitish tan) on these unusual first generation crystals.  The primary crystals are up to a cm each and the entire piece measures in at 10.4 x 5 x 3 cm.  The backside is also fully crystallized with stacks, stalactites, of the rhombohedral second generation crystals It is a floater less one 3.5 cm edge that once showed attachment.  The yellow/ brown varieties of this mineral are rare and Tsumeb is the one world wide locality most noted for them.  This was the only specimen of this type in this extensive collection.  A very fine, large, and pristine example of one of the rarer varieties of smithsonite from Tsumeb.   $2,700

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-194

OKK-194    Smithsonite    Tsumeb, Namibia, Africa.  A 5.1 x 4 x 2.5 cm grouping of crystals to 1.4 cm each.  Translucent butterscotch colored crystal are of good form and in good condition.  A couple tiny chips as seen in the images are minimal but present.  Nice domical shape.  A fine piece.  $195

 

 

 

 

OKF-036

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OKF-036    Smithsonite    Tsumeb, Namibia, Africa.  Ex. Jim Turek Collection.  This is almost a floater specimen (minor contact on one corner and a small section of back).  5.5 x 5.2 x 2.1 cm with crystals to .7 cm each.  Many penetration twins on this branching cluster.  Nice translucence to transparency to the crystals.  A top quality specimen.  340$

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-965

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OKH-965    Smithsonite    Tsumeb, Namibia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  Nicely formed homey yellow crystals with a greasy luster form a dome on this 3 x 2.2 x 2 cm piece.  Desirable material from a desirable location.  No damage, views well from all directions.  Crystals are on a galena matrix.  Very nice!  $120

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-950

OKJ-950    Smithsonite     Tsumeb, Namibia.  A huge single crystal of one of the most desirable smithsonite colors from Tsumeb.  It measures 1.5 cm on edge and 2.2 x 2 x 1 cm overall.  Competition level example with no damage and fine views all around.  Nice luster and form.  It is mounted on a thin post in a perky box currently.  Very large crystal for the species and the nicest smithsonite of this size and color I have seen in all my years of handling material from this famous location.  $650

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-453

OKH-453     Smithsonite     Tsumeb, Africa.  An attractive, light pink grouping of crystals to 1.3 cm each on a gray matrix.  Specimen measures 2.7 x 2.3 x 1.5 cm overall.  Display face is damage free and of good luster.  $125

 

 

 

 

OKD-386

OKD-386    Smithsonite    Tsumeb, S.W. Africa. Ex Nancy Collins Collection.  Beautiful pink color to these smithsonite rhombs.  The piece is a partial vug with crystals to .8 cm each.  There is a tiny pair of bright yellow crystals on the smithsonites which are unknowns.   No Damage. The piece measures 4.4 x 3.2 x 2 cm.   80$

 

 

 

 

OKD-387

OKD-387    Smithsonite    Tsumeb, S.W. Africa. Ex Nancy Collins Collection.  Beautiful pink color to these smithsonites.  The piece is dome shaped and measures 2.6 x 1.8 x 1.4 cm.  No Damage. The crystals are translucent schalenohedrons.  40$

 

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