Hematite, Andradite
Wessels Mine (Wessel's Mine), Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Toenail, 3.1 x 2.6 x 1.5 cm
A superb large thumbnail (2.6 cm) composed of a crystal of Hematite that has excellent form and superb luster. This central crystal is accented by numerous smaller Hematites and many sparkly micro Andradites. It is complete-all-around. Its luster, sharpness of form, and overall display as a thumbnail makes it an outstanding competitive-level piece as well as a classic for the locality. Ex. Charlie Key.