Ajoite In Quartz
Messina Mine, Transvaal, South Africa
Cabinet, 12.0 x 7.8 x 6.2 cm
From the surprising January 2008 find here, this is a symmetric, complete, undamaged crystal showing rich inclusions of the rare species ajoite. Interestingly, the quartz crystal has a "girdle" of sorts of included material which darkens the stalk and thus draws the eye all the more to the beautiful blue atop. NOTE THIS IS NOT POLISHED, as so many tragically were. Also, while many were found, few of this size with both good color and with perfect terminations were able to be recovered.