Quartz with Ajoite and Copper inclusions
Messina Mine, Messina, Vhembe District, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Cabinet, 11.5 x 4.7 x 3.5 cm
Ex. Dr. Art Soregaroli
The Messina mine is home to a unique and beautiful occurrence of these bright blue Ajoite-in-Quartz specimens. The saturation of the minute Ajoite inclusions (a mineral very rare from other localities and seldom concentrated) creates these lovely blue clouds floating within the terminations of the Quartz crystals. The crystal is complete all around and has a moderate amount of inclusions. It has a fine termination, excepting only a very small ding and some natural contacting on two side faces. There is even a Hematite phantom within the crystal, as well as a small amount of Copper. This is a fine, colorful example of these rare, and highly desirable, specimens. This is old material from several decades ago.