Azurite and Malachite

Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region, Namibia
Miniature, 4.8 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm
Start Time: 11/18/2021 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/27/2021 6:30:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

Tsumeb is considered the greatest mine of all time, and high on the list of coveted species from there are its Azurites and Azurite/Malachite combinations. This large miniature is, in my mind, remarkable. For starters, as you would expect ,the Azurites have excellent, deep blue color and very good to excellent luster, with the largest Azurite being 4.8 cm. But what makes them truly unique are the undulating surfaces of the crystals. I could almost call them ripples, but when I gaze upon them I feel like I am looking a deep blue lava flows as they cool. I kid you not. The Malachite is no less splendid, with its scintillating, electric green crystals radiating outward, forming stacked concentric layers. At 2.4 cm across, the layers look like the broad, thin lava flows from classic shield volcanoes. If you like beauty and uniqueness mixed into your classic mineral specimens, the aesthetics of this combination piece make it stand out. it is just different, and really colorful! valued $2500 From the collection of East Coast collector, George Elling, specializing in historic minerals of the East Coast and minerals from the development of old European mineralogy.