Berg Aukas Mine, Grootfontein Con., Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia
Miniature, 3.7 x 2.5 x 2.2 cm
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This is a very sculptural Descloizite specimen dominated by a divergent spray of relatively large and thick, spearpoint-shaped crystals from the classic Berg Aukas Mine in Namibia, the best locality in the world for the species! The piece consists of numerous, super lustrous, elongated, bronze-red, fan-like aggregates of Descloizite to nearly 2 cm in size. These sharp, super lustrous, crystals are well terminated and one has only a slight ding on an edge and are of exceptional quality. There are at least a dozen showy crystals that make up this cluster. Most Descloizite pieces we see are dark colored maybe with a hint of red with moderate luster, but this one is richly colored and bright; its form is both exquisite and artistic! The backside shows the preferential deposition of a dull, brick-red Goethite coating. Old early material, probably 1960s.