- Papagoite and Ajoite Included in Quartz
- Miniature, 5.2 x 5.2 x 3.2 cm
- Messina Mine, Limpopo, Transvaal, South Africa
This unusual specimen has BOTH rare blue species included within it, AND is a floater cluster of quartz, as a bonus. Clusters in good condition are not so common, and usually they are bigger anyhow. Most small pieces from here are singles - the mine likes to grow its quartz big. Only rarely do you get both minerals included within the same piece, and here you have it in both of the conjoined quartzes. The papagoite is the darker blue, and ajoite the lighter blue. Both are present at the edge boundary of an unusual, internal phantom in the upright crystal. The quartz cluster broke away from its matrix in geologic time an drehealed on the bottom, thus making this a floater, complete all around. Remarkably, it is pristine.