Dims: 1.1 x 0.9 x 0.3" (2.8 x 2.3 x 0.8 cm)
Wt: 17.5 g w/ specimen box
Tsumeb Mine, Namibia
This thumbnail specimen consists of a thin, reniform crust that is made up of scores of intergrown Smithsonite nodules. These nodules do not exceed 2 mm in diameter and are generally in excellent condition- I can see only one nodule on the crust that is damaged. All have crystalline tendencies and almost look like intergrown hessonite garnets, as their color is red-gold with a hint of brown in some areas. Their luster is bright and almost adamantine, and all are generally translucent. There is no host rock present, and the crust is affixed inside a cubic plastic specimen box with a hot glue.