N'chwaning II Mine, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Large Cabinet, 16.5 x 12.0 x 9.0 cm
Rhodochrosite found at these famous Kalahari Manganese Field mines in the late 1970s shocked the mineral world. Such specimens have never been seen again, from anywhere at any time. This would be considered a significant specimen from those days (circa 1979-1981), of the size and impact that only few specimens attained. It presents a dramatic horizon of crystals, all spraying out from dark manganese ore matrix. In person., the piece has a rich and vibrant cherry color that is hard to convey in photos. Some such specimens are too dark or too light, but this is exactly the perfect and best saturation for color impact. The knob of crystals at the top is a nice accent, to the already very 3-dimensional plate. In person, it can dsplay with various degrees of vertical height, depending on where it will go in a showcase. The piece can be seen, literally, from across the room as a splash of pure cherry-red color the likes of which is seldom seen in the mineral world. Comes with custom lucite base. Joe Budd photo.