Calcite, Hematite, Andradite
Wessels Mine (Wessel's Mine), Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Miniature, 4.4 x 4.2 x 3.5 cm
A quite remarkable combination piece from the Wessels mine. The gemmy 3.5 cm Calcite, which has excellent luster and deep orange-red fluorescence in the core, is seemingly impaled on a super-lustrous, complex 4 cm Hematite. Exceptional and unusual. For color and interest, there is a layer of brilliant micro Andradites that create a sparkly druse on the Hematite. The stark symmetry is dramatic, as well. Ex. Charlie Key.