- Large Cabinet, 16.0 x 8.5 x 7.8 cm
- N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field, Northern Cape, South Africa
- Ex. Charlie Key
We usually see Bultfonteinite as small, divergent sprays of white crystals, rarely as large showy CABINET pieces like this, with sparkling aggregates of translucent pale peach-pink spheres. Bultfonteinite is an uncommon calcium silicate that is found in several mines in the Northern Cape of South Africa more abundantly and in better specimens compared to other world occurrences. This piece is a showy example of the more rare form of Bultfonteinite in which the abundant, translucent spheres richly and aesthetically cascade down the entire front of the piece with size of the individual, sugary peach-pink colored balls ranging from 1 to 5 mm. This piece is reminiscent of crystallized Willemite from Tsumeb, and it is quite solid and different and beautiful! This is a choice specimen for the species, and one of the largest we know of. It is a cabinet sized display specimen of something you normally do not see in sizes above 6 cm or so. From the collection of legendary dealer and explorer, Charlie Key (we purchased long ago).