Tsumeb Gallery... Smithsonites

 

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

 

       

                                                          All the specimens seen above are varieties of Smithsonite

 

The fine smithsonites of Tsumeb are well known the world over.  The great variety of colors, crystal forms, and associated minerals make these specimens noteworthy.  Throw in the crystals in well formed and large crystals and one has what makes for world class specimens.  Fine examples are uncommon where as smaller, less colorful ones are still commonly available.  Pink, green, tan, blue, clear, black, orange, yellow... is there any color that doesn't exist?

 

 

 

 

OKN-594

OKN-594    Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.    Small example nicely mounted in a perky box of the rare green smithsonite.  The single crystal, on quartz matrix, measures .9 x .9 x .8 cm.  No damage.  Translucent to transparent.  $25

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-353

OKN-353    Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.  Ex. Thomas Fowler collection.  A nice domical example measuring 3.6 x 3 x 2.2 cm.  Views great from any direction.  No damage.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-354

OKN-353    Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.  Ex. Thomas Fowler collection.  Domical cluster of large clear crystals to 1.5 cm each.  No damage, very sharp and lustrous.  Approximately 3.5 x 3x 2 cm.  Minor Styrofoam on base.  $65

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-350

OKN-350    Smithsonite and Quartz      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.  Ex. Thomas Fowler collection.  An uncommon combination for Tsumeb.  This one measures 4.2 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm, is somewhat domical, and is very aesthetic.  Backside has one small area with no crystals but it looks natural not damaged.  $45

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-961

OKM-961    Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.  Ex. Thomas Fowler collection.  2.5 x 2.1 x 1.7 cm crystal group.  No damage.  Nice example with good luster and excellent form.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-962

OKM-962    Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.  Ex. Thomas Fowler collection.  2.2 x 1.8 x 1.4 cm crystal group of an attractive pink color.  No damage, and very large crystal for the location.  Nice example with good luster and excellent form.  $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-792

OKL-792      Smithsonite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.  Ex. Thomas Fowler collection.  Nice large displayable crystals to 1.6 cm each.  Transparent, and light tan colored.  3.2 x 2 x 1.7 cm.  One crystal is incomplete but it still displays very well.  $70

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-793

OKL-793      Smithsonite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.  Ex. Thomas Fowler collection.  Large blocky crystals to over 2 cm each compose this 3 x 2.5 x 1.7 cm matrix grouping.  Somewhat dirty looking, translucent crystals.  Mounted in a perky box.   $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-794

OKL-794      Smithsonite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.  Ex. Thomas Fowler collection.  2.3 x 2 x 1.8 cm group with large (to 2 cm) double terminated transparent crystals.  Very well formed, complete all around.  Mounted in a perky box.  Exceptional thumbnail sized piece for this material.  $80

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-944

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OKM-944      Smithsonite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.  Ex. Thomas Fowler collection.  Gorgeous tan colored crystals in an aesthetic grouping measuring 2.8 x 2.3 x 1.8 cm overall.  No visible contacts, mounted in a perky box.  $95

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-043

OKN-043      Smithsonite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  Nice transparent crystals to 1.4 cm each in two generations...small, second generation crystals on the larger first generation ones.  3.8 x 3.8 x 2 cm.  Very nice pink color with excellent transparency/ translucence.  One micro cleave that is invisible without magnification.  $130

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-979

OKN-979    Cobaltosmithsonite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  Attractive, transparent smithsonites in some cases up to almost a cm each (probably averaging more like a half cm each), scattered everywhere on this 7.4 x 7.2 x 6 cm piece.  No damage, views well form any direction.  Crystals have very fine luster while the overgrowths (likely also smithsonite) do not.  $650

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-775

OKL-775     Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas Fowler collection.  An attractive single crystal of this elongated form unique to Tsumeb.  It is totally transparent 1.8 x .5 x .5 cm and has zero damage.  No distracting contacts, discoloration, etc.  Excellent example.  Unmounted in a perky box.  $140

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-776

OKL-776     Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas Fowler collection.  An attractive single crystal of this elongated form unique to Tsumeb.  It is totally transparent 1.7 x .6 x .5 cm and has zero damage.  No distracting contacts, discoloration, etc.  Excellent example.  Mounted in a perky box.  $160

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-777

OKL-777     Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas Fowler collection.  An attractive divergent aggregation of crystals of this elongated form unique to Tsumeb.  It is totally transparent except for its base.  3.1 x 1.2 x 1 cm and has zero damage.  No distracting contacts, discoloration, etc.  Excellent example.  Exceptional quality.  Base could be trimmed for length (to make it 2.5 cm) to make it eligible for competition. $500

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-749

OKL-749    Cobaltoan Smithsonite Stalactite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia. Ex. Thomas G Fowler Collection. Small, 4.1 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm, stalactite with translucent to transparent crystals to 1.1 cm each. A small damaged spot on the tip that is not distracting. It can go for $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-750

OKL-750    Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia. Ex. Thomas G Fowler Collection. Clear crystals with a very thin light gray phantom in each. Crystals to a cm each. Minor cerussite on edge. 4.8 x 4 x 3.7 cm. One tiny damaged spot will need to be searched out to be noticed. Good example of uncommon crystals lacking color. $125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-751

OKL-751    Smithsonite and Quartz        Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia. Ex. Thomas G Fowler Collection. A nice damage free example with rare clear crystals and exceptionally rare QUARTZ. Yellow staining on quartz makes it looks like mimetite at a quick glance. It’s hard to believe that quartz is much rarer from Tsumeb! $225

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-752

OKL-752    Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia. Ex. Thomas G Fowler Collection. Clear/ translucent crystals having a gray cast due to matrix and inclusions. Crystals to a cm each. 4.8 x 4.3 x 2.8 cm. No damage. $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-753

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OKL-753    Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia. Ex. Thomas G Fowler Collection. Clear crystals with a very thin yellow inclusions and coatings in places. Crystals to 1.3 cm each. 5 x 4 x 2.5 cm. Damage free. $150

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-747

OKH-747     Cobaltoan Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.   This is such a fine piece I will need to limit myself on its description… lets start with its being exceptionally large with large crystals that display nicely, some being stacked up high off the matrix.  The several huge crystals in the middle really get your attention!  They are of nice satin luster, fine form, and the color is a rich as these get.  The saturation makes it appear a raspberry color and it is consistently strong throughout the specimen.  The piece is somewhat elongated and it has edge contact with one being strong.  Amazingly it is damage free and very presentable.  11 x 6 x 5.3 cm.  Crystals to 2.5 cm each with most being exceptionally large for the species.  Exceptional.  Comes with custom engraved acrylic base.  Price on Request

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-745

OKH-745     Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Clear/ gemmy, very high luster crystals of smithsonite to 1.3 cm each coat this matrix specimen.  It measures 5.5 x 5 x 1.6 cm and shows a slight three dimensionality.  No damage.  Attractive and a bit unusually to see this degree of lack of color from a Tsumeb smithsonite.  $1,700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-744

OKH-744     Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This small cabinet specimen has large, light yellow, well formed smithsonites.  There is no damage although the edges do have contact, as is to be expected.  The crystals are transparent to translucent and up to 1.4 cm each.  7 x 3.5 x 1.8 cm overall.  Base has some crystallization, actually most of it, but it is smaller, with this surface being slightly hollowed out.  Very nice!  $950

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-743

OKH-743     Cerussite on Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This small cabinet specimen shows clear to white cerussite crystals on large, light yellow smithsonites.  There is no damage and in the peripheral areas, along the edges, the white is crystallized cerussites, not breakage.  The edges do have contact, as is to be expected, but the specimen is very clean.  It measures in at 6.4 x 4.5 x 3 cm and has large crystal to 1.5 cm each.  The crystals are also quite transparent and exceptionally sharp in their form.  A fine piece in every regard.  $1,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-430

OKL-430     Cobaltoan Smithsonite on Tennantite        Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This specimen hosts a big single pink smithsonite as well as several smaller ones.  The big one is deep pink and measures 2.3 x 1.6 x 1.4 cm overall an rests on a tennantite  matrix of 4.5 x 4.5 x 2.4 cm.  The big crystal is damage free with contacts on edges of the piece.  Slightly rounded form to the crystals as is typical and the same recognizable luster which I’d describe as somewhat pearly.  $1,300

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-427

OKL-427      Smithsonite and Calcite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A 6 x 4.6 x 2 cm piece composed of a druse coated matrix of light purple, white, and medium green smithsonite.  Very unusual thing to see these three colors all on one specimen!  Small clear to white calcite rhombs on one end, as well.  No damage less one missing calcite on end of piece.  $600

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-423

OKL-423      Smithsonite        Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This exceptional specimen is one of the finest specimens of this size that I have seen.  In hand it is impressive and seems larger than it really is.  It actually measures 7.2 x 5 x 2.4 cm with crystals to approximately .9 cm, most of which are in the half cm to .7 cm range.  The piece just fills your hand and is really something to behold.  I’m normally not that impressed by specimens that don’t have multiple species of contrasting forms and colors but this beautiful smithsonite is certainly the exception.  The color is vibrant!  It is a bold pink similar to a top cobalto calcite from Morocco.  The crystallization covers all sides except its base, which is in reality a single thin edge.  Here its manganite matrix shows through.  One side is more deeply coated than the other so the looks to each are slightly different.  Which side is the front???  All views are outstanding including the top and sides so you’ll have to decide how you like it best.  After long inspection with 10x I find one tiny chip on one crystal, on one side. If you can find it with your eye (I’d be surprised) and no aid by magnification I guess you’ll call that the backside.  I view this as near perfection as one can get.  For this level of quality the specimen is underpriced, so I do not anticipate having it long.   Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.   $4,200

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-434

OKL-434      Cobaltoan Smithsonite on Galena      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A small specimen measuring 3.2 x 2.9 x 2.7 cm overall with coatings of smithsonite on several sides.  Light pink color to these crystals which stand up high off the etched galena crystals.  No damage.  $175

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-435

OKL-435      Smithsonite on Tennantite Stalactite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  An interesting piece with light pink smithsonite crystals on much of the surface of this branching stalactite of tennantite .  6 x 3.6 x 3 cm overall.  The smallest stalactite attachment is only partial, otherwise all surfaces are crystallized to some degree or healed.  No damage.  Interesting specimen.  $295

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-436

OKL-436      Smithsonite on Tennantite  Stalactite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A single partial stalactite with nice pink smithsonite heavily coating one side and partially on another.  4.3 x 2.3 x 2.2 cm.  Very back has damage from contact but all viewable surfaces (front, top, sides) are clean.  $300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-437

OKL-437      Smithsonite and Quartz on Tennantite  Stalactite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A 5.1 x 3.1 x 2 cm grouping of stalactites with a partial coatings of nice pink smithsonites and clear quartz in single and double terminated crystals.  Everything other than base is crystallized and damage free.  Attractive example.   $550

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-439

OKL-439      Smithsonite with Cerussite and Tennantite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A fine miniature measuring 4.4 x 3.7 x 2.5 cm overall.  It is composed of large smithsonites (to 1.4 cm each) in a domical display that views well from almost any direction.  The one lone cerussite twin is chipped on its edge, being directly on the edge of the specimen where there was matrix contact.  It views fine except from that side.  Tennantite crystallizations gives it a dirtier look than most smithsonite specimens so the price reflects this.  $300

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-397

OKL-398    Cuprian Smithsonite and Cerussite with Others      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This 8.3 x 5 x 3.5 cm is most important for its coverage of bright, gemmy green smithsonites.  However, there are numerous other minerals present as accessories in well formed but small crystals.  White balls of what appears to be dolomite?, at least one small spray of what could be mimetite?, black blades of manganite? And the initial coating on the matrix which looks to me to be smithsonite that is brown in color????  Sorry that I don’t have all the answers for this one but if nothing else it is a very displayable, damage free specimen of one of the rare forms of smithsonite.  $700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-399

OKL-399     Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.   This one is a large matrix piece with many hundreds of prismatic smithsonite crystals covering much of it undulating, three dimensional surface.   It measures in at 11.2 x 6 x 4 cm and is in excellent condition showing no visible damage.  It is a bit dirty looking and has a slight pink color not evident in the images.  $350

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-748

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OKH-748     Cuprian Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This pretty apple green color is so attractive in smithsonite and sadly so rare.  The specimen seen here is a fantastic dome shaped piece entirely coated on its upper surfaces by a druse of green crystals.  The backside (base?) has similar crystals but they more thinly scattered giving you a look at their appearance as individuals.  They are small, only reaching a few millimeters each, but they are very high in luster, nice in their form and totally damage free.  The piece could be positioned several different ways, all of which give beautiful views of damage free surfaces of intense color.  6.9 x 5.5 x 3 cm.  Impressive.  $8,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-752

OKH-752     Cobaltoan Smithsonite        Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.   The finest miniature in the collection given the massive size of the dominate crystal.  It alone measures 3 x 2.9 cm and is a luscious pink color.  It is transparent to some depth then crosses over to being translucent.  The overall dimensions of the specimen are 7 x 5.2 x 3.8 cm.  It sits a couple different ways on flat surfaces showing the crystals equally well.  One tiny crystal beside the big one must have grown across the pocket because it shows a small contact with rock.  No damage but has strong edge contacts.  Great satin luster!  An exceptional smithsonite.  Comes with custom engraved acrylic base.  Price on Request

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-429

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OKL-429      Smithsonite casts after Unknown     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  These casts are most likely after calcite given their nice rhombohedral shape, but I guess it could as easily be after some other carbonate species.  5.5 x 4.7 x 3 cm overall with well formed casts to 2 cm.  No damage and interesting form.  Pink smithsonite replacement on top sides white to greenish white on bottom.  Fully formed (crystallized) on all surfaces less one small contact area on base, or if you prefer, back.  The piece is exceptional in every regard and certainly a rare thing.  Views from any direction, not too fragile to handle…perfection.  Beautiful and unusual.  $3,900

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-738

OKH-738      Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Although it is only miniature sized, this piece grabs your attention.  The largest crystal protrudes out of the others showing up to 2.5 cm of its length (of course there is almost as much buried amongst the intergrown crystals) and has a high luster and extremely fine, sharp form.  The specimen is mostly large crystals and is a light yellow color (probably cadmian).  It sits perfectly with the large crystal vertical and contact hidden below of to the back.  Side views are good too!  There are a few light brown hematite staining lines following crystal striations which add some contrast.  The crystals themselves are very transparent with a change to translucence at depth.  4.5 x 3.8 x 3.2 cm overall.  The little grove at the tip of large crystal is a face and that interesting characteristic shows on a couple of the other large crystal.  This is certainly a fantastic miniature in many regards.   $2,300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-739

OKH-739      Smithsonite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This 5.5 x 4 x 3.5 specimen shows an open seam with a number of relatively large smithsonites, to 1.2 cm each, of an unusual color.  They light tan color and have what appear to be hematite dots on much of their surfaces.  There is no damage however one crystal at the edge of the piece is missing.  Interesting example and the only one like this I have found in the collection.  $375

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-512

OKL-512      Smithsonite           RESERVED      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  An attractive damage free example showing the stepped (almost etched looking) growth patter.  The piece measures 3.1 x 2.7 x 1.8 cm.  Mounted in a perky box.  $90

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-513

OKL-513     Smithsonite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A very large thumbnail sized piece measuring 3.8 x 2.6 x 2 cm with large crystals to 1.2 cm each.  They are well formed, high on luster, and quite clear.  Mounted in a perky box.  Excellent condition with fine views all around.  $140

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