Papagoite, Quartz
Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 4.2 x 4.1 cm
Messina mine, Messina District, Limpopo Province, South Africa
These specimens came out for some time and then, poof, no more! Today, they are almost impossible to get. Especially when this richly included. Like most such specimens, it has been polished to remove what is so often a crummy, powdery surface coating of secondary quartz to show off better the inclusions within. Because of the rarity, and beauty, I still consider it a crystal specimen rather than a lapidary object per se. The pronounced color, included in quartz, makes this material unique in the mineral world. Again, specimens this rich, literally, are at the top percentile of what came out. You almost never see them. Moreover, this one is of good size to pack a display whallop. 7 x 4.2 x 4.1 cm