Tsumeb.com: Mission Statement
Tsumeb.com is a not-for-profit, collaborative project with the goal of collating and sharing information relating to the famous Tsumeb Mine in Namibia, one of the most diverse and prolific mineralogical localities in the world. The site was launched on February 8, 2016 from which date interested individuals are invited to contribute by submitting verified information and high quality images relating to the mineralogy, geology, history and personalities that define this unique mineralogical occurrence.
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Sid Pieters was a prominent and highly successful Namibian mineral dealer. He was born and raised in South West Africa (later Namibia) and opened his first mineral specimen and gem business ("the Usakos Gem Store") in Usakos, in 1945. In 1963 he relocated to Windhoek and opened the renowned "House of Gems" mineral shop, but remained heavily involved with specimen mining operations, including tourmaline mines near Karibib and Usakos, and the famous jeremejevite locality at Mile 72, north of Swakopmund.
A high proportion of top quality specimen material from Tsumeb passed through Pieters' hands, and the lead thiosulphate, sidpietersite, was named in his honour (Roberts et al., 1999). After his death in 2003 the House of Gems business continued under the ownership of Herbert Nägele. (See also Key, 1977, and Key, 2003.)
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