Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Northern Kalahari Mn Fields
Northern Cape Province,
1.7 x 1.1 x .7 CM (thumbnail)
A top killer thumbnail of Gaudefroyite, the rare manganese mineral only known in decent crystals from a few places, all in the Kalaharie Manganese fields. This specimen is a stellar example with textbook form, sharp edges and bright luster. This is a large (for the specie) main crystal with a few smaller crystals on the base, and the prism has none of the crudeness or dull faces usually seen. Superb specimen of a usually unattractive rare, black mineral.
A superb specimen from the esthetic point of view and a super rare example of the weird Garnet specie Henritermierite in tiny octahedral crystals. The bright red- orange Andradites garnets are also densely coating fine Hematite crystals with an esthetic contrast. In undamaged, perfect condition this displays impressively well. Fine Andradite coating Hematite was found in several pockets at Wessels years ago but not often so attractive or with the rare associate Henritermierite. A very fine specimen with several older labels from European collections.