Calcite ex. Rob Smith Coll.

Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
Large Cabinet, 20.2 x 12.8 x 9.5 cm
Start Time: 06/13/2009 6:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 06/23/2009 6:39:54 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

At just over 2 kilos, this is a weighty, impactful, and large specimen - but without sacrificing quality. Large Tsumeb calcites of this magnitude were seldome preserved compared to the at-the-time more glamorous minerals from here. Now, with the passign of time, ANY good Tsumeb rock is worth keeping, and big ones like this are few and far between in any quality. This classic style of stacked, sharp, gemmy rhombs, is very geometric and sculptural. In person the piece is very 3-dimensional. ome crystal faces have very light sprinklings of included hematite grains which give them a slight red coloration, when seen from the right angle. Most, however, are very clear and ice-clean, making for a subtle contrast when you see the piece in person. This large, cabinet sized display piece is from the long-built private collection of South African dealer Rob Smith. Valued $2500-3500

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