Gaudefroyite on Baryte
Wessels Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, South Africa
Miniature, 5.5 x 3.6 x 3.5 cm
Talk about elegant display! This doubly-terminated Baryte floater hosts at either end a veritable bush of sharp, lustrous, jet-black crystals of the rare mineral Gaudefroyite to over 1 cm; resulting in a very sculptural miniature of unique aesthetics. Uncommon in any quality, Gaudefroyite is especially rare on matrix. And, usually, you just don't se epieces with such contrast and vivid 3-dimensionality. This is a superb rarity at, I think, a cheap price.