From the Chibuku Mine, Zimbabwe. New from the 2020 Tucson Show! This choice specimen comes with a Dixie Euhedrals label. The label will have correct spelling on it, unlike in these images.
My friend in South Africa that provided the locality info doesn't have the best handwriting in the world! " tall x 1 1/16" wide x 3/4 thick or.
In metric: 5.5 x 2.7 x 2.1 cm. Weight: 1.20 ounces or 35 grams. This is an ultra-choice specimen. This one a fantastic shape and has amethyst color predominating on the top and smoky color predominating the bottom.The middle varies in color and has lots of voids and larger than usual red hematite streamers. This has a couple of extremely tiny enhydro bubbles that don't seem to move.
There is lots of voids inside the crystal and I haven't spent much time looking so you may find moving bubbles if you spend time examining it - they will be tiny, of course, for me to have missed them. The stem has an unusual green inclusion - it's not dirty as you may first expect. This crystal has a superb shape! This is the biggest scepter that I currently have on offer and it has a textbook perfect scepter form and the coloration and zoning is as classic as they come. In short, this is a choice superb specimen for the locality.
I believe that I have mine very reasonably priced and probably cheaper than most that you'll see from this locality with comparable size, shape, color and quality! If you can find a better one cheaper then you should jump on it, dog gone it! Just don't hold your breathe while you're looking, okay? I was at one of the Venues in Tucson on opening day and cherry-picked an ultra-choice scepter!
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 so keep an eye out right here as 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.
Some of these photos are taken with the crystal being back-lit so please be aware of that. This is shown with enlarged images so please note.This is shown with large high-resolution images. The photos show the specimen as if you were examining it with a magnifying glass. Every good detail, and every bad detail, is shown in a blaze of glory or shame as the case may be. This specimen will display on your computer screen larger than life. Please note the size listed above. Please note the measurements because the photos are enlarged. Some photos are very highly enlarged. 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 shangaan chibuku MINE" is in sale since Tuesday, June 23, 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.