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-384

OKL-384      Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This one is an outstanding damage free example measuring 3.9 x 3 x 2 cm overall and barely fits in a TN case. Very unusual in that there are three distinct colors of smithsonite her!!  1. red (hematite included, 2. gray, 3. white, and 4. mostly and attractive green, which in itself is rare.  No damage!  Minor Styrofoam attachment.  Displays nicely.  Top quality piece.   $450

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-372

OKL-372      Smithsonite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  The upper surface of this piece has lots of light green schalenohedral crystals of smithsonite in radiating ball shaped clusters.  3 x 1.7 x 1.4 cm.  No damage but could use a good cleaning.  $75

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-373

OKL-373      Smithsonite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A very large and complete, diamond shaped crystal lies with others on matrix.  The primary crystal is a whopping 2.2 cm long.  Good form and no damage.   3.1 x 1.7 x 1.7cm.  Could use a good cleaning.  $180

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-374

OKL-374      Cobaltoan Smithsonite and Tennantite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Very unique crystal form composed of double terminated schalenohedrons with parallel overgrowths ringing the primary crystals.  I’ve seen this in calcites but never in smithsonite crystals.  The specimen is damage free and measures 3.5 x 3.1 x 2 cm overall.  Nice matrix piece!  $185  

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-375

OKL-375      Cobaltoan Smithsonite, Tennantite, Quartz      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Nice domical shaped piece with crystals on tennantite crystal matrix.  The specimen is damage free and measures 3.3 x 2.5 x 2 cm.  Fantastic views all around with no damage.  $120

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-376

OKL-376      Cobaltoan Smithsonite with Accessories      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  An elaborate branching grouping that is viewable and damage free on all sides.  3.2 x 3 x 2.2 cm with micro minerals all over.  Some crystals are glassy and some etched looking Excellent piece for the price.  $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-377

OKL-377     Cobaltoan Smithsonite with Accessories      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This specimen is a bit lower in luster than most and is priced accordingly.  Even so it is quite sculptural, in good condition, and will crystallized.  It measures 3.2 x 3.1 x 2.1 cm.  It has some minor attached Styrofoam.  $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-349

OKL-349    Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  I think there were only two specimens like this in the collection, the other being less important and smaller, having smithsonites crystals with such pronounced phantoms.  Two generations of smithsonite are seen with the first being prismatic crystals of a pink to white color, transparent and small.  The second are larger, to .7 cm with bright yellow/tan colored phantoms.  The piece measures 7.1 x 5.2 x 3.2 cm overall.  It is visually aesthetic and stands on edge.  There is no damage and only minor matrix contact along one edge.  It views from any direction and is different from all directions.  The back is composed of several flat plates with crystals fully formed and less densely dispersed throughout.  Attractive and unusual for the species.  $2,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-350

OKL-350      Cadmian Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Although it only measures in at 7.8 x 5.8 x 4.5 cm this is an important specimen for the collection.  The crystal size is massive with the largest crystal measuring a whooping 3.9 cm in length, yes, over an inch and a half!  The base is a contact area and the specimen sits nicely on this.  It is in fine shape all around with even the edges being very clean (composed of complete crystals).  Only one area along the edges shows the typical breakage associated with separation from it host rock.  The crystals themselves are a honey tan color on the interiors and a light tan to clear on their exterior surfaces.  The central areas on numerous faces are cavernous with smaller crystal terminations protruding from them.  The biggest crystal surfaces show minor dissolution along the edges of these protruding terminations.  It has somewhat of a dirty look until one figures out the tan colors are a view into the honey colored interiors of each crystal.  The luster is excellent but broken up due to the cavernous effect created by the dissolution etching.  This is one impressive piece for the species.  Displayable and hardy.  Viewers will think it has to be a calcite, couldn’t possibly be a smithsonite!  $6,000

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-343

This view shows scrape near base.

OKL-343      Cadmian Smithsonite Stalactite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A beautiful miniature sized stalactite completely coated (less one tiny area on the backside) by tan colored smithsonites.  One scraped area in lower 1/5th of piece visible in the first pic.  All upper regions beautifully lustrous and damage free.  The yellow/ brown varieties of this mineral are rare and Tsumeb is the one world wide locality most noted for them.  $800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-344

OKL-344     Cobaltoan Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This fine miniature is a plate of crystal to 1.6 cm each, beautifully saturated with a deep pink color.  It measures 5.2 x 3.1 x 1 cm overall and has no damage.  Surfaces are transparent and at depth the crystals are translucent.  Bright and attractive with that typical smithsonites, satin luster.  $2,300

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-345

Large transparent crystals

OKL-345      Cuprian Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.   A fine green smithsonite in what again appears to be three generations of growth.  First, a green druse of cuprian smithsonites representative of most all of this rare material… next larger cuprian crystals to .7 cm (very large for this color), and finally in a couple places on the large smithsonites there are druses of white smithsonites.  It is only the front of the piece that is mineralized.  The specimen measures 5.8 x 4 x 2. 5 cm.  No damage.  Rare stuff.  $2,800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-347

None of these images show the true, light pink, coloration present in this specimen.

OKL-347       Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This example is another unusual one being composed of prismatic single and double terminated crystals on a dark matrix.  The color is actually a very attractive light pink and their luster is exceptionally bright for smithsonites.  The photos do not due these features justice.  In places there is either a secondary growth of clear smithsonites crystals or small cerussites.  They are so tiny I can’t even tell under 10x magnification.  6.4 x 4 x 2.5 cm.  The coverage by crystals includes the full front, about half the back, the top, and all of one side.  Bare are the base, one side and some of the back.  No damage, sits great… flashy in-hand.  It had a poor photograph session here.  $1,700

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-338

OKL-338      Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  It would appear that there are three generations of smithsonites here:  small prismatic crystal of a very light pink to clear color, next larger, to 1 cm each, sharp rhombs of a tan color and finally, in some places a tan colored to pink druse on the previous generations.  The dark colored matrix makes for a nice contrast.  I detect no damage and only base contact.  Fully crystallized on all surfaces other than the thin base contact.  $395

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-339

Inside

Outside

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

This image is closest to showing true color...there is a light pink cast to the crystals.

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

These first three images are correct for color

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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

 

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