very large Duftite on Calcite

Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region, Namibia
Ex. Colin & Helga Owen
Large Cabinet, 23.0 x 16.0 x 10.0 cm
Start Time: 11/17/2022 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/26/2022 7:00:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed

Item Description

A very large and dramatically sculptural large calcite and duftite from famed Tsumeb, a classic and desirable combination from the locale. The amazing 3-dimensional, 360-degree specimen is composed of a myriad of densely intergrown, glassy, translucent calcite rhombs, to 2.0 cm. The rhombs on one side are preferentially coated and included with contrasting darker pistachio-green and lighter tea-green duftite. Another side is nearly entirely covered with tea-green dufitite and a third side has very little duftite at all. Highly unusual fluid flow and crystal chemistry on this exceptional specimen. Complete all-around and essentially pristine, with only one cleaved calcite crystal noted. Amazing for such a large and densely crystallized piece. Ex Colin and Helga Owen Collection of South Africa, from the personal collection of longtime dealers in Kalahari material. A stunning large combination piece in all its glory. 1903 grams or 4.2 pounds mass.