Tsumeb Gallery... Mimetites

 

Mineral Specimens For Sale From the Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa

The mimetites from the 1971 pocket and other finds at Tsumeb represent the finest of this species known to exist.  They can be both gemmy and large, also associated with other mineral species, and found in wonderfully formed crystals.  Fine examples from this find are always expensive and desired.        

 

 

 

OKL-767

OKL-767    Mimetite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  2 x 2 x 1.8 cm ball of crystals.  Good form on all sides, some contacts but overall in good condition.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-449

OKL-449     Mimetite, Conicalcite, Dolomite, etc.       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection. These minerals present themselves as a heavy druse on a very three dimensional piece of matrix.  The color contrasts are pleasant and there is no damage to the piece.  Views fine from any direction and sits on a flattened surface.  9.5 x 6.1 x 4.2 cm.    $375

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-426

OKL-426      Mimetite with Mottramite, Manganite, Smithsonite and Dolomite?      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  There is quite the mix of minerals here on one side of this matrix piece.  It measures 6 x 4.5 x 3 cm and has thin, tapered, yellow mimetites to almost a cm each.  Both single and double terminated these crystals are jackstrawed about with the other species.  Minor breakage and contacts but still a respectable example of this material.  $250

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-400

OKL-400    Mimetite with Cerussite, Quartz, and Tennantite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A fine mix of forms, colors, and important minerals from Tsumeb.  From the 1971, “Gem Pocket” the mimetites are gemmy and to about .7 cm in size.  The piece measures 6.2 x 4 x 4 cm and is domical.  There is scattered damage but also good areas showing clean crystals.  $350

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-401

OKL-401    Mimetite with Cerussite, Quartz, and Tennantite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  From the 1971, “Gem Pocket” this mimetite is one of those exceptional crystal specimens that made the find famous.  The largest crystal is amazing for its quality.  For the find it can’t be considered exceptional in size measuring in at 1.6 cm, although it is large for the species.  It is however truly gem as the name of the find implies.  I have seen many of these hyped by other dealers as important, and they are NOT even gemmy.  This one has numerous important attributes:

  1. The crystal is gemmy and lustrous.  The largest GEM crystal from the find that I have seen.
  2. The crystal’s termination is unusual for the find.  Most of these crystals formed with a pinacoid or slightly modified pinacoid as a termination.  This one is much more complex. 
  3. The damage is negligible and not visible to the eye…the only damage is a small scrape on the backside of the mimetite’s termination visible with magnification.  All other areas of the piece are damage free.  The piece photographs nicely, although my skills at macro-photography do not show this.
  4. The primary accessory, twinned cerussite, creates an aesthetic wrap around the mimetite crystal, is very transparent like the mimetite, and is complete and damage free.

The specimen is an outstanding miniature that measures 4.4 x 3.9 x 2.3 cm overall.  The proportions are fantastic in relation to the size of this fine yellow mimetite.  Sorry for my poor photography skills.  This specimen is highly photogenic and I believe would easily exceed the Mineralogical Records cover specimens aesthetic value.  This crystal is the same size, far more interesting and GEMMY.  Possibly the most important piece in the collection.   Price on Request.

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-626

OKL-626      Mimetite and Unknown    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Single and double terminated mimetite crystals to 1 cm each are dispersed within, sometimes coated by whatever this purple mineral is.  Heavily encrusted on both sides.  Stacked all over creating a very three dimensional look.  Edge contacts on several sides but no damage to the display sides.  9.6 x 4.7 x 4.5.  Stalactitic and drapery like forms on both sides.  Different.  $150

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-627

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Front

OKL-627      Mimetite and Unknown    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A more typical looking Tsumeb mimetite specimen with lots of medium yellow, sharply terminated, translucent crystals to close to 1 cm maximum length.  Close inspection with magnification will find a couple tiny clipped off crystals among the many hundreds present, but only a couple.  All surfaces are coated and it sits on edge displaying well from any direction.  Other minerals are????  $220

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-678

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Galena crystal

Best mimetite

OKL-678    Mimetite and Galena      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.   This is a floater with bullet shaped GEM crystal of mimetite to only a .6 millimeters each with most being a good deal smaller.  The galenas are in octahedrons, heavily coated by mimetite.  Quite flashy due to all the tiny crystals of yellow mimetite.  Classic material and VERY well priced for a damage free example.  $300

 

 

 

        

 

 

OKH-720

OKH-720      Mimetite on Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  The specimen is likely composed of smithsonites casts after anhydrite… the color ranges from a dirty white to a light purple and the luster is very high over its entire surface.  6.6 x 6 x 3.6 cm overall.  The mimetite crystals are a vibrant yellow color, acicular, single and double terminated and scattered about on the display face and sides.  Domical in form with all sides other than bottom and back being fully mineralized and displayable.  Flashy and aesthetic.  $550

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