Shigaite, Rhodochrosite
Wessels Mine (Wessel's Mine), Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Miniature, 3.5 x 1.8 x 1.0 cm
A SUPER SHOWY and UNUSUAL combo piece from the Wessels Mine of TWO colors of shigaite perched atop a field of rose-red, gemmy rhodochrosite crystals. A highly lustrous, cherry red shigaite crystal sits at the base of the very flashy golden shigaite crystal "feather." This is a STRIKING cutie, where the overall visual impact is not impaired by the cleavage on the "feather" and the modest periphery damage on the rhodos. Shigaite is very RARE and the association with rhodochrosite in this piece, makes for an aesthetic treat.