Kutnohorite, Calcite (Var: Manganoan Calcite)
Wessels Mine (Wessel's Mine), Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Cabinet, 13.0 x 10.0 x 7.0 cm
A superb, visually interesting, and large Kutnohorite. The color is a very good solid pink hue, and the crystal habit ranges from the classic fans to the radial balls to one whole side that looks like a fantastic cave growth. Add in a series of elongated, highly fluorescent Manganoan Calcite crystals growing along one part of the Kutnohorite cluster (revealed by their fluorescence), and you have a truly amazing piece of the two related species growing in tandem. Ex. Charlie Key.