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Smithsonite (var: Smithsonite (var: Smithsonite (var:


No. VTS-023 - $ 2400.00 SOLD

Smithsonite (var: "Cobaltoan")

Locality: Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region , Namibia

Specimen Size: 10.2 x 7.3 x 3.0 cm (cabinet)


ex.  Dr. Lyle Peters
ex.  Rob Smith


I think somebody once said, "Once you've seen a Smithsonite from Tsumeb, you want to see them all". These specimens never become tedious as the color is such an eye-catcher. It?s amazing what a little Cobalt can do to create this beautiful pink hue. This specimen is essentially damage free on the display side (save one tiny spot on the bottom right) which consists of hundreds of gorgeous, lustrous, translucent pink rhombs with attractive pearly luster. The piece is glued to a small black clay base and displays beautifully.

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No. VTS-029 - SOLD

Smithsonite (var: "Cuprosmithsonite")

Locality: Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region , Namibia

Specimen Size: 10.6 x 8.8 x 5.3 cm (cabinet)


ex.  Rob Smith
ex.  Robert Lambert


Smithsonite from Tsumeb is found in virtually every color of the rainbow, and it remains on the most prolific species from this most significant locality. This specimen displays a gorgeous two-tone appearance, one being an intense lime-green (with a hint of blue) and the other being a darker rich green (with a silvery overtone). A few contacts are the only thing keeping this from being a rather expensive rock, because the color is as intense as I have seen for this variety of Smithsonite, and to find a specimen this size is not an easy task.



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No. VTS-031 - $ 1600.00 SOLD

Smithsonite (var: "Cadmian Smithsonite") with Rosasite

Locality: Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region , Namibia

Specimen Size: 13.4 x 8.7 x 5.6 cm (cabinet)


ex.  Rob Smith


This is one of the less common Smithsonite varieties from Tsumeb. The crystals are a dull yellow color, but have zones where they show more of a red shade due to the Cadmium content. From what I am told, true Cadmian Smithsonite should be white, and the Cadmium content should not color the crystals themselves. Nonetheless, this material has been known by this name for a long time, and I am maintaining the information that was passed down to me. This specimen would be rare in and of itself, but to find it associated with isolated green-blue spherical aggregates of Rosasite is truly impressive, and the only piece like it that I have seen. Please note that a few of the Rosasites are contacted showing a more a green color inside. A very unique and attractive display specimen from Tsumeb.

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No. VTS-032 - $ 2500.00 SOLD

Smithsonite (var: "Cuprian Smithsonite") pseudomorph after Cerussite

Locality: Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region , Namibia

Specimen Size: 11.5 x 8.6 x 5.9 cm (cabinet)


ex.  Rob Smith


One of my favorite Tsumeb specimens that I have seen in my life. I do not profess to be an expert on Tsumeb minerals, but if there are more of these specimens around, I would love to see them, as this is the only specimen of this material that I have encountered. The piece features lovely ?snowflake-shaped? aggregates of Cerussite which are coated and partially pseudomorphed by light green and grey Smithsonite. The end effect perfectly maintains the form of the Cerussite, creating fine-looking ?snowflakes? of Smithsonite. Perhaps the piece is not a true pseudomorph per se, but the overall visual appeal and unusual paragenesis must be noted.

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No. VTS-033 - $ 3000.00 SOLD

Smithsonite (var: "Cadmian Smithsonite")

Locality: Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region , Namibia

Specimen Size: 10.7 x 10.5 x 5.0 cm (cabinet)


ex.  Rob Smith


I think somebody once said, "Once you've seen a Smithsonite from Tsumeb, you want to see them all". This is one of the less common Smithsonite varieties from Tsumeb. The crystals are a rich yellow color, like virtually all of these specimens. T his material has been known by the name "Cadmian Smithsonite" for a long time, and I am maintaining the information that was passed down to me. This piece features hundreds of beautiful, sparkling, gemmy yellow rhombohedra with a thin layer of matrix underneath. A very attractive specimen, and virtually damage free on the display side.

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Smithsonite on Tennantite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region , Namibia [./Tsumeb12072/VTs007a.JPG] Smithsonite on Tennantite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region , Namibia [./Tsumeb12072/VTs007b.JPG] Smithsonite on Tennantite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region , Namibia [./Tsumeb12072/VTs007c.JPG]


No. VTS-007 - SOLD

Smithsonite on Tennantite

Locality: Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region , Namibia

Specimen Size: 8.2 x 6.2 x 4.0 cm. (small cabinet)
Largest Smithsonite: 1.0 cm.


ex.  Rob Smith


This specimen features rounded, gemmy, golden-brown Smithsonite scalenohedra which are coating a mound of iridescent Tennantite crystals. An uncommon association and a good overall quality display piece for a great price.

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No. VTS-008 - $ 650.00 SOLD

Smithsonite (var: "Cadmian Smithsonite") phantoms

Locality: Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region , Namibia

Specimen Size: 9.0 x 8.3 x 4.3 cm (small cabinet)


ex.  Rob Smith


This is one of the less common Smithsonite varieties from Tsumeb. The crystals are a rich butterscotch color, and a bit stronger than most I have seen from Tsumeb. This material has been known by the name "Cadmian Smithsonite" for a long time, and I am maintaining the information that was passed down to me. This piece features hundreds of beautiful, sharp, sparkling, rhombohedra which are actually phantoms showing a thin colorless zone on the exterior and a butterscotch color within. A real beauty as it falls into that "in between" category with regard to color, and I'm sure could help round out a Tsumeb Smithsonite suite.

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No. VTS-012 - SOLD

Smithsonite (var: "Cadmian Smithsonite") with Cerussite

Locality: Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region , Namibia

Specimen Size: 8.5 x 4.2 x 3.6 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Smithsonite crystal: 1.3 cm.


ex.  Rob Smith


This is one of the less common Smithsonite varieties from Tsumeb. The crystals are a fine yellow color, like virtually all of these specimens. This material has been known by the name "Cadmian Smithsonite" for a long time, and I am maintaining the information that was passed down to me. This piece features several beautiful, sharp, translucent, colorless rhombohedra with yellow zones on matrix. I found a gemmy, lustrous Cerussite crystal on the underside of the specimen, which was not originally mentioned on the previous label. A very attractive specimen, and virtually damage free on the display side.

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No. VTS-001 - SOLD

Smithsonite (var: "Cuprian Smithsonite") pseudomorph after Cerussite

Locality: Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region , Namibia

Specimen Size: 8.4 x 7.8 x 4.2 cm (small cabinet)


ex.  Rob Smith


A beautiful multi-color Cuprian Smithsonite from Tsumeb that grades from a very vibrant blue-green hue into a golden-green/olive-green shade and ends with a golden-brown color on the other end. The crystals themselves are not especially large, but they have a gorgeous sugary sparkle and sit very well on a slab of Tennantite matrix.

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Smithsonite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region , Namibia [./Tsumeb12072/VTs059a.JPG] Smithsonite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region , Namibia [./Tsumeb12072/VTs059c.JPG] Smithsonite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region , Namibia [./Tsumeb12072/VTs059b.JPG]


No. VTS-059 - SOLD

Smithsonite

Locality: Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region , Namibia

Specimen Size: 10.5 x 10.5 x 4.4 cm (cabinet)


ex.  Jim and Dawn Minette
ex.  Rob Smith


Just when you think you've seen every possible habit and color of Smithsonite from Tsumeb, the mine just throws another one in your face to enforce the fact that you?ll probably never see them all, no matter how hard you try. This is certainly the only Smithsonite that I have seen like this from Tsumeb (or any other locality). It is a highly sculptural specimen featuring columnar or stalactitic growth with a sparkling luster and a very light blue-green color. A few of the "spires" are contacted, revealing a dark brown color core of an unknown mineral. The label accompanying this piece states that it was once part of the famous Jim Minette collection some years ago, so it has a lot going for it. I think this piece would help to "round out" any Tsumeb suite, and would especially (and more specifically) fill a spot in a Tsumeb Smithsonite suite.

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Smithsonite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia [./Tsumeb12072/VTs099b.JPG] Smithsonite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia [./Tsumeb12072/VTs099d.JPG] Smithsonite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia [./Tsumeb12072/VTs099c.JPG] Smithsonite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia [./Tsumeb12072/VTs099a.JPG]


No. VTS-099 - $ 200.00 SOLD

Smithsonite

Locality: Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia

Specimen Size: 3.3 x 3.1 x 2.5 cm (miniature)
Largest crystal: 1.5 cm.


ex.  Rob Smith


Dozens of very light pinkish-yellow colored, sharp, lustrous, GEM/gemmy scalenohedral Smithsonite crystals sit atop a mound of Tennantite creating a gorgeous large thumbnail/small toenail specimen. A full coverage of crystals on the display and virtually no damage.

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Smithsonite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia [./Tsumeb12072/VTs095a.JPG] Smithsonite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia [./Tsumeb12072/VTs095b.JPG]


No. VTS-095 - SOLD

Smithsonite

Locality: Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia

Specimen Size: 5.2 x 3.2 x 3.1 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Smithsonite rhomb: 1.7 cm.


ex.  Rob Smith


This handsome Smithsonite specimen is loaded with several sharp, lustrous, gemmy, light yellow color rhombohedra which are curled around the matrix. The piece displays wonderfully without the aid of a base or clay and truly is a very good miniature of this material. Great quality and aesthetics for a very good price.

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