Siderite/Sphalerite Cast After Calcite
Aggenys Mine, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Miniature, 4.5 x 3.8 x 3.5 cm
From a small find that was brought out at Munich, these are specimens I bought there a tthe show in 2006 but only got ahold of in a shipment back to me at Tucson. These are very unusual crystals in that they are hollow casts after calcite, and the coating is a true mixture of sphalerite and siderite (almost an amalgam?!). They have been extensively analyzed in South Africa, to come up with this conclusion. So far as I am awware, this is a first. I selected just a few specimens on the run at Munich with regards to getting pieces with superior 3-dimensional form, a good surface shimmer (almost metallic!), and no damage. I think these pieces were, from what I saw, among the best for quality that could be had. This one is a complete crystal, all around, very 3-dimensional (more so in person!)