Olmiite (rare crystal style)
Miniature, 4.3 x 3.3 x 2.9 cm
N'Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari, North Cape Prov., South Africa
This is NOT the typical olmiite, of which there were thousands of specimens! This special style came out at the tail end of the finds, and features fat, translucent, crystals that have real idiomorphic crystal form and structure. They are robust single crystals in cluster, instead of the usual "balls" we see. I bought every one of this style I could find at the time about a decade ago when they were coming out, and found this recently in an old stash. It has excellent color, and is a dramatic miniature. Two, equant, lustrous and translucent, bright orange colored olmiite crystals, to 2.5 cm in length are stacked together to make this specimen, which is complete around 3 sides and contacted only in back..