Abstract: Zincian högbomite (ZnO 3.5–10.5wt.%) occurs as an accessory phase in garnet quartzite that is intimately associated with the Broken Hill and Black Mountain Cu-Pb-Zn-Ag deposits, Aggeneys, South Africa. Högbomite coexists with a number of minerals including quartz, gahnite, sillimanite, sphalerite, pyrrhotine, pyrite, magnetite, and ilmenite, suggesting that högbomite may have formed by sulphidation and oxidation reactions. Such reactions may account for the high Zn content of högbomite. Where associated with metamorphosed massive sulphide deposits högbomite is enriched in Zn relative to that found in ultramafics, Fe-Ti deposits, Fe ores, aluminous metasediments, and skarns. This enrichment in högbomite constitutes a potential exploration guide for metamorphosed massive sulphide deposits.