Cuprian Adamite & Schultenite (Type Locality) on Bornite

Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
Miniature, 3.5 x 2.8 x 1.3 cm
Start Time: 03/01/2009 8:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 03/05/2009 8:00:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

A RARE, HIGHLY DESIRABLE and showy combination specimen from the famous and now-closed Tsumeb Mine. A 2.6 cm, striking vug is lined with gemmy and lustrous, emerald-green cuprian adamite crystals in a matrix of sparkly, peacock-iridescent, copper-red, massive bornite. A REAL BONUS at the end of the vug on this rarity, is a 3 mm long lathe of colorless, gypsum-like shultenite. Schultenite is an ultra rare lead arsenate and Tsumeb is the Type Locality. Combination specimens of this type were found (very few), only once, in the 1970s at Tsumeb, as reported in the 1977 Mineralogical Record TSUMEB special issue. Value of such a rarity?? Surely $900-1200 just on principle for how such rare things trade at. Note the Prosper Williams label as pedigree - he was a very respected Tsumeb importer specializing in such rarities

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