Olmiite With Bultfonteinite
Small Cabinet, 5.9 x 4.6 x 3.1 cm
N'Chwaning II Mine, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

This is an oddball olimiite featuring a complete-all-around, pristine, 3-cm spherical cluster of crystals perched on matrix. It is complete front and back! Its color is a pure tan hue, with no brown per se; and it is extremely translucent, with a glassy luster uncharacteristic of olmiite in any color but red. It seems like it would be ugly if it were not the desirable red color we associate most with the species. But, in fact, the combination of glassy faces, ball shape, and color actually make it quite attractive. This is a specimen we really liked, and it stands out from the crowd - of any coloration olmiite. The little off-white balls accenting the olmiite are the rare species bultfonteinite. This is a large miniature/small cab specimen

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