Inesite on Orlymanite
Wessels Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, South Africa
Miniature, 5.0 x 4.0 x 3.5 cm
A full miniature of deep cherry-red inesite, perched on matrix of the rare species orlymanite (and this is a substantial amount of that species, here, with some value of its own!). This is a rare piece from a small and unique pocket of the late 1980s, Charlie said. It is a style I had not seen before, and has very different color and even translucency, compared to the inesite of other pockets found here. I should add that, as well, the piece is super-aesthetic!