Further down below I will clear all of that up. From the Chibuku Mine, Zimbabwe.
New from the 2020 Tucson Show! This choice specimen comes with a Dixie Euhedrals label. " tall x 2" wide x 1 5/8 thick or.
In metric: 6.2 x 5.0 x 3.5 cm. Weight: 4.70 ounces or 134 grams. I was at one of the Venues in Tucson on opening day and cherry-picked an ultra-choice scepter! This has red hematite streamers and excellent amethyst and smoky color.
This has a short stem and has been almost overgrown by the scepter head which drapes down on both sides of the stem. The lower terminations have nice color zones. The upper termination is quite complex and unusual.I suspect that it grew up against the upper pocket wall which interfered with its growth. I suspect that only soapy water was used on the crystal. If this were to be soaked in Iron-out or Oxalic acid it would probably look even more fantastic. For the most part it is a bright and shiny crystal as it is. This is one of the nicer specimens from this locality. I initially bought this crystal from a lady who was from Zambia. She presented the crystal as being from Zambia and innocently enough I believed her.
Later in the trip I encountered a dealer from South Africa that I've known for about 15 years. I met him on my first Tucson Trip in 2005 and have seen him every year since.
I even bumped into him at the Brandberg Market in Uis, Namibia one time. So I know and trust him well.
He had some of these for sale and when I asked if they were the new find from Zambia he hit the roof! Man, I mean he turned purple.Well, more red than purple, but you get my drift. I don't know if the US has import embargoes on Zimbabwean material but I don't doubt that other countries do. Zimbabwe was formerly "Rhodesia" and was called "The Breadbasket of Africa" before Robert Mugabe took power and re-distributed the wealth of the country. The producing farms were redistributed to people that weren't interested in farming. That wealth redistribution / socialism thing never works but people still to this day try it from time to time. Many people will be listing these as from Zambia because of not knowing any better but that is just not so.
The actual locality is the Chibuku mine in Zimbabwe! Mindat confirms Zimbabwe and has exactly ZILCH for Zambia......... I myself saw 4 vendors with the new crystals: a white South Afrikaaner, a man from Turkey, and two different Ladies from Zambia. The prices varied a good bit, but in general were high for what was supposed to be a wholesale price. I think that for this exceptional color, form, size and condition (quality/lack of damage) that this is priced relatively cheaply.
I will be listing more crystals from this locality but this is the overall best one as far as scepters go. I will be listing smaller crystals as well as some that are not scepters so if you're looking for a lower price range I'll have something for you. It may take me awhile to get them all listed. Be sure to see my other items and message me if you have a particular request as to size or price and I'll be happy to make the listing as time allows. I have best offer enabled but I doubt that I will take less when it is first listed unless you are a regular customer of mine.Crazy low offers won't be responded to so don't waste your time. It was cloudy outside and my camera doesn't focus as well under poor lighting so these photos doesn't do the specimen justice.
In hand this crystal looks very dark and almost black and when you hold it up to the light you can see amazing color. Some of these photos are taken with the crystal being backlit so please be aware of that. This is shown with enlarged images so please note.
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This ships boxed and with a nice detailed DIXIE EUHEDRALS branded specimen label. This was photographed outdoors with poor but natural lighting. The photos display on your screen many times larger than in real life in some instances. This will be marked as "Mineral Specimen For Study".
AMETHYST SCEPTER CRYSTAL ZAMBIA ZIMBABWE shangoan chibuku TUCSON 2020" is in sale since Sunday, February 16, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Rocks, Fossils & Minerals\Crystals & Mineral Specimens\Crystals".
The seller is "stone-guitar-picks" and is located in Jackson, Georgia. This item can be shipped worldwide.