Wessels Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Thumbnail, 2.5 x 2.0 x 1.8 cm
Ex. Martin Lewadny
This thing is STUNNING, in both luster and habit - and will put many people off to guessing, I think, before they judge it a hematite. It is a first-class thumbnail! The form is a rare pseudo-scalenohedral crystal habit. These come out but rarely in such quality and Marty picked one from a collection I got in the mid-90s, and has held it all this time. We think its an older piece, yet. The luster is mirror-likeand you can shave in the reflections; and the 2.5 cm length of the crystal is impressive as well - making it major as well as aesthetic. I have rarely seen a hematite thumbnail I loved, as much as this one, for its imposing form and size. MUCH BETTER In PERSON, I assure you.