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Hopeite is a hydrous zinc phosphate, originally described from Belgium (Brewster, 1826). The mineral name honors Thomas Charles Hope (1766–1844), professor at the University of Edinburgh. The mineral remained an esoteric rarity until Spencer (1908) reported a second world occurrence at Broken Hill. Southwood et al. (2019) provide a modern review of Broken Hill mineralogy.

This specimen consists almost entirely interconnected hopeite crystals to 7 mm. A thin film of hemimorphite forms at the base of this specimen, presumably where originally attached. Carries a vintage Kristalle and an older Burminco label. The proprietor of Burminco, George Burnham visited this locality on a year long round the world journey 1950-1951, and presumably collected this piece at the that time. From the collection of E.R. Laskowski (1949-2020), a mining engineer who retired to Tucson, Arizona.

Price: $350

Item code: MS2014

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