N'Chwaning Mine, Kalahari manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Miniature, 4.1 x 3.2 x 2.1 cm
Ex. Kay Robertson
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The N'Chwaning mines have produced world-class Hematite specimens. This competitive-level miniature is very showy, with a sculptural quality as the sidecar Hematites extend out from the 3 cm primary crystal. The sharp, brilliant, metallic-gray, intergrown crystals have superb luster, and the smooth, mirror-like faces are accented with subtle, alluring striations. Classic Kalahari material, which produced some of the finest crystallized Hematite in the world. Ref: Cairncross, B., Beukes, N. and Gutzmer, J. (1997): The Manganese Adventure. Associated Ore & Metal Corporation Limited, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa, 236 pp.