Libethenite and Pseudomalachite

M'sesa Mine, Kambove District, Haut-Katanga, DR Congo
Small Cabinet, 5.5 x 4.7 x 3.1 cm
Start Time: 05/12/2022 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/19/2022 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed

Item Description

Likely from the M'sesa Mine's heyday in the 50's and 60's, this is an excellent combination piece featuring two highly sought-after copper species. Sharp, intensely colorful crystals of Libethenite fill a pocket and are also scattered about, like jewels. They range up to 5 mm, and the deep, forest-green crystals are opaque while the slightly smaller, olive-green crystals are GEMMY. All the Libethenites have superb luster. The Pseudomalachite ranges from deep green to a bright kelly-green, and it provides a good complement and contrast to the Libethenites in color and form. This is a fine, aesthetically balanced, small cabinet specimen, and the quality of the Libethenites, so typical for M'sesa, rank them among the best in the world for sheer quality. Formerly in the extensive collection of W & A Cook. #1954 out of over 12000 specimens, so dates back to their early days in the 1960s or 70s.