N'chwaning I Mine, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Small Cabinet, 12.0 x 8.0 x 4.0 cm

This specimen exemplifies the best qualities of the pocket, nicknamed the "wheatsheaves pocket," and was found circa 1980. The luster is fantastic, and the color is a rich cherry red. It just "sparkles" like few other minerals ever do. The piece is complete all around the periphery and without damage to the display face, though it is contacted on back. The bit of manganese ore showing through, really adds a welcome contrast to the solid plate of sparkling red. Specimens like this only come about once a decade, as old collections recycle to market. Joe Budd photos. Comes with custom lucite base.