Schorl on Smoky Quartz
Erongo Mountains, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 7.7 x 7.5 x 6.1 cm
Ex. Charlie Key
This is a schorl specimen so good, I just wasn't even sure at first glance it was...I mean, schorl is usually just black tourmaline, to be discarded as secondary in priority compared to a glorious gemmy crystal of color. But when you get ANY mineral specimen with such sharpness of form, contrast to matrix (crystallized matrix no less, not just rock), and eye appeal, even a traditionally secondary species to the collector can produce a first rate specimen of competition quality. This specimen is complete all around, and pristine save for a few very trivial contacts.