Olmiite on Calcite
Miniature, 4.5 x 4.2 x 3.6 cm
N'Chwaning 2 Mine, Kalahari, South Africa

A highly unusual specimen exhibiting SINGLE CRYSTALS of olmiite, arranged as if feathers draping a cap over the cluster of extremely glassy, large, very lustrous calcite scalenohedra at the core of this cluster. Discrete, individualized crystals like this are uncommon even amongst this large find. Illustrated in the "Connoisseurs Choice" article on Olmiite, in the March-April issue of ROCKS & MINERALS magazine. Joe Budd Photos, shot in halogen light...they are more red-colored in standard room fluorescent lighting.

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