Azurite
description: <p style="text-align: justify;">LOCALITY: Tsumeb, Namibia <br /><br />2" on edge <br /><br />Ex Marshall Sussman collection. I traded it from Marshall during a visit to his home in Tucson during late 2012.  I sold it to Wayne Thompson in mid 2014.  It is now in a private collection.  <br /><br />This bold, complete crystal (although matrix contacted; evident when the crystal is turned 180 degrees) displays the highest luster one could ask for in azurite. The edges and vertices of the crystal that one sees in the photo are almost pristine. Neon blue flashes around the edges, faces and corners of the crystal greatly add to the esthetics. This crystal habit is distinctive for very limited azurite production at Tsumeb during the late 1980's. <br /><br />Azurite crystals mined from the same pocket that produced this crystal are not as famous in the world of mineral collecting as what azurite crystals removed from "The Easter Pocket", "The Perkin Sam's Pocket" and pocket excavated by Sam Gordon of the Philadelphia institute. The fame and desirability of pieces from these pockets is in part linked to era of discovery (any visit to Tsumeb by an American academic before 1920 was remarkable by standards of the day), timing of discovery (wouldn't it be wonderful to be given a pocket full of azurite crystals at Easter rather than a few lousy Easter eggs?) or the story of the financing of the purchase of a whole pocket of Tsumeb azurite by Perkin Sams - a Texas oil tycoon who built one of the world's finest mineral collections during the 1980's and donated it to The Houston Museum of Natural Sciences. During the 1980's, the number of people with the inclination and financial resources to buy such a pocket was smaller than it is today. <br /><br />My piece which is illustrated therein is only a wonderful Tsumeb azurite crystal with a "blocky" habit distinct to a "flash in the pan" at Tsumeb during the late 1980's. It was never linked to sales hype and is not old enough to be described as "antique." Despite this, I prefer my piece to any of the specimens of have seen (some of them much bigger but less perfect, less lustrous and with much more edge wear and inferior color) from the three abovementioned famous azurite pockets. Hence, I contend that this style of more recently mined azurite is generally under-rated in even generally knowledgeable mineral collecting circles. I stand to be corrected if anyone who reads this would like to email me pictures of azurite specimens from Tsumeb or anywhere else that may be as good or better.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photo by Matthew Webb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia </p>

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