Wessels Mine, Kalahari, South Africa
Thumbnail, 1.7 x 1.6 x 1.1 cm
A super thumbnail of competition quality for the species, featuring 2 large crystals that are doubly-terminated and 1 cm across, perched diagonally in a cluster with smaller crystals. This specimen perhaps best shows, in a display quality, the odd modified form of these new braunites. In geometry, it is striking. Also, it has more luster in person, the likes of which you have seen for top quality hematite but not typically for braunite. This piece is, for my taste, the best of the lot anyhow and must be seen to be believed.