Quartz, Rhodochrosite, Manganite
Miniature, 3.4 x 2.5 x 2.0 cm
N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
This sharp miniature features a splayed group of crystals, undamaged, perched on Manganite matrix. The large rhodo scalenos glisten with sugary luster because of a thin coating of microcrystalline quartz. Exceptional miniature of a rare style, collected from a small pocket in the early 1980s and unique to this time. It is very much more translucent when backlit strongly (but glows even when minimally so backlit, as shown) 3.4 x 2.5 x 2 cm