Hematite, Andradite, Calcite
Wessels Mine (Wessel's Mine), Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Thumbnail, 6.8 x 4.5 x 1.3 cm
When these hematites were first discovered at the Wessels mine some twenty or so years ago, they immediately became classics. Their large size and association with red garnet made them highly collectible. This particular specimen, originally in the Ed David collection (number on bottom), is a complex crystal of hematite, with mirror bright metallic luster. Associated are minor drusy red garnets and an equant 1.5 cm calcite crystal. At the base of the specimen, it has been contacted where it grew vertically out from the pocket wall leaving ALL OTHER FACES perfectly and 100% terminated all around! These are amazing hematites, and the find is today considered one of the major non-rhodochrosite finds for the manganese district. 6.8 x 4.5 x 1.3 cm