Wessels Mine (Wessel's Mine), Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 5.7 x 3.4 cm
Bustamite is rare for the Kalahari district, and this is a rich specimen, with intense color. The soft pink hue is not pale it's actually quite strongly colored for a pastel hue. The color is very similar to the rich pink Bustamite from the Franklin Mine, and the habit is a cross between Franklin's blocky crystals and the 'hairy' Bustamite from Broken Hill, Australia. Good fluorescence. Ex. Charlie Key Collection.