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3.5" x 1.75" x 3"  
azurite mineral  
AZURITE. Tsumeb Mine (Tsumcorp Mine), Tsumeb, Otjikoto (Oshikoto) Region, Namibia. Tsumeb Azurites are justly famous for their stout habit and size. In addition, some are possessed of a brilliant luster as good as that seen on any Azurite, from anywhere. This blue-black aggregate shows multiple, complex faces that are nothing more than other faces of the main crystal, itself over 2.5 inches (6.5 cm) across. The thick, wedge shaped crystals have a mirror-bright luster that contrasts well with the orange and green matrix. There is a little patch where the classic Tsumeb Azurite to Malachite transformation has occurred, producing a small, chatoyant, green area on one crystal. As an added bonus, this fine specimen shows well from either side - it is definitely multidimensional. It bears accession #4711 (the origin of the collection number is unknown) and was mined between 1900 and 1920. An outstanding specimen from a now closed, classic locality - it is in pristine condition. Provenance: Western Mineral (Hoppel Catalog # D1566). (Item 6160)  
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