Hematite, Andradite
N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Cabinet, 9.4 x 7.9 x 3.4 cm
This is a terrific specimen of hematite with significant size. It is well-formed and with a mirror luster that also has unusual "silky" spots on the front face. It is complete all around the front and sides, though the sides are heavily encrusted with a carpet of andradite garnet and minor bits of clinging matrix and so they are a little rough...but the display face is, as I said, superb Add generous coatings of highly lustrous Andradites that sparkle even in dim light, and this becomes a fabulous specimen of great combination interest and aesthetic appeal. These remarkable specimens were found in the mid-1980s and remain to this day the largest fine crystals of hematite in the world, by any standard. The classic association with the garnet is just a bonus, to my mind. 9.4 x 7.9 x 3.4 cm