Manganite, Rhodochrosite
Wessels Mine (Wessel's Mine), Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Miniature, 3.8 x 3.4 x 2.9 cm
Perhaps the most interesting and complex Manganite specimen I have seen from Wessels. It is difficult to say if this is one amazingly large, complex crystal or several intergrown crystals. Either way, they are well-formed and have good metallic luster. The most intriguing feature are the perfect rectangular slots that interlace the Manganite. Are they artifacts of multiple-crystal growth or casts of minerals that preceded the Manganite and then dissolved away? A 3 mm pink Rhodochrosite ball and micros also dusts the back. Ex. Charlie Key stock.