Calcite, Hematite, Andradite
Wessels Mine (Wessel's Mine), Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Cabinet, 11.5 x 8.0 x 6.0 cm
This is a most aesthetic and interesting Wessels specimen. The drusy andradite garnet matrix is home to a complex set of gorgeous mirror-like hematite crystals, the largest of which is 3 cm across! These, in turn, support three terrific white translucent-to-gemmy calcite crystals, the largest of which is 3 cm on edge. The Calcites have excellent luster and a very unusual ratcheted form along some of the edges. On top of that, they have a beautiful and amazing gemmy fluorescence. Ex. Charlie Key.