Wessels Mine (Wessel's Mine), Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Miniature, 4.3 x 2.8 x 1.5 cm
An attractive series of radial balls on matrix. The largest ball is complete and 1cm across, with the individual needles ranging up to about 3-4 mm in length. There is a second generation of growth that gives the spheres an unusual, eye-catching appearance. The luster is superb, with the color ranging from silver to a pinkish-tan. Very delicate and aesthetic. Excellent for the rare species, in this habit. Ex. Charlie Key.