Tarbuttite and Pyromorphite
Kabwe Mine (Broken Hill Mine) Kabwe
6.5 x 3.1 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
Two habits of Tarbuttite crystals are contrasted by distinctive green Pyromorphites. An unusual combination of species, I have not seen these together before. The Tarbuttite is very sharp and in distinct crystals, the Pyromorphite has the unusual habit of pointed pinacoid terminations (many are doubly terminated) and are color zoned with a transparent area in the center. This locality (Kabwe) was known as the Broken Hill mine of Northern Rhodesia, from 1906 until 1964. This is an older specimen.
Libethenite -rosette on matrix
Nkana Mine, Kitwe, Kitwe District
4.5 x 34.4 x 2.2 CM (miniature)
A rosette of sharp and lustrous Libethenite crystals in a shallow vug that shows very well. We have looked carefully to see if there were any repairs or glue on this, it appears to be intact and undamaged. One of the more esthetic examples I have seen the rosette is 1.3 CM in size. An older specimen of a habit that has not been available for some time, the crystal forms are quite distinct and have a good deep green color.