Hausmannite, Andradite
Wessels Mine (Wessel's Mine), Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Small Cabinet, 6.2 x 6.1 x 1.8 cm
This is a superb Hausmannites specimen. The tetragonal pyramids, up to nearly 1 cm on edge, are razor-sharp and highly lustrous. One large crystal has an old cleave, that seems to be partially re-healed and is grown over by later crystals, presenting an unusual broad face. One of the truly great things about the specimen is that pyramidal-looking crystals retain their individuality. They are not intergrown like you see on many Hausmannites. This is an exceptional specimen, not only for the quality of the Hausmannite crystals but the fine combination that you find it in. It is likely that the fine pink microcrystals are Andradite garnet, a rare and unique association. Ex. Charlie Key.