- Small Cabinet, 8.8 x 6.6 x 6.5 cm
- N'Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari, South Africa
I obtained, through a friend and a lot of trust, over 100 specimens in the first picks of this pocket, while it was still fresh in South Africa. We are fairly familiar with what came out, and how my top specimens rank in the context of the pocket as a whole. It is safe to say that only a handful, perhaps 4-5 specimens, had spherical clusters of this size and quality. This ball of olmiite is 6.5 x 6 x 6 cm in size - through the roof for the species and the find! The cluster is 3-dimensional and complete all around except for some very minor bruising or growth contact spots, trivial in context. It sits on matrix of manganese ore, nicely accented by smaller olmiite clusters and gemmy little calcite crystals. This is a MAJOR specimen for the species, for South Africa, and just for pretty red rocks of any kind. While it does not have the top luster of other pieces here, it has sheer size, and the color impact that goes with it; and is thus quite significant for the find.