Rhodochrosite, Shigaite
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Cabinet, 12.2 x 11.0 x 10.0 cm
A visually very impressive pocket of sparkly balls of drusy Rhodochrosite covered with Shigaites. The largest of the balls is almost 2 cm across, and they all display quite well in the exposed pocket. Of great interest is the fact that the Rhodochrosite is populated with what must be a hundred Shigaite crystals about 1 mm in size. Interestingly, these Shigaite crystals are more prismatic in habit rather than the hexagonal blades.