Dims: 3.0 x 1.9 x 1.5" (7.6 x 4.8 x 3.8 cm)
Wt: 5.99 oz. (169.9 g)
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
At least 100 small, pseudocubic Smithsonite crystals rest on the dark gray host rock of this piece. These crystals do not exceed 0.1" (3 mm) in diameter as a rule, but are generally in very good condition, as little damage is visible. Their trigonal form is quite good, with well-defined edges and clean faces that possess a dull pearly luster. They are basically colorless and dimly transparent, showing a very thin cloudiness. A few have a very faint pink tinge. The base on which they rest appears to be made out of a semicrystalline metallic sulfide such as bornite (that is what I think it is).