OLM-00
Olmiite
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Small Cabinet, 9.0 x 7.0 x 6.0 cm
N'Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari, South Africa

This was the ONLY wild new find of totally unprecedented display-quality specimens in any quantity I know of, for the show. I got my lot early while it was still fresh out of the pocket, and from an African friend who cherry-picked the best, so far as we know. The best of this find, and this is such a specimen, well these BLOW AWAY COMPLETELY any previous specimens from the 2002-2003 find for sheer size combined with intense color and super-sparkly luster. This is thebiggest complete, undamaged crystal cluster I am aware of, and again it is not only highly significant for the species, but also just plain pretty as a mineral specimen on the shelf. You gotta see it to believe it. Who cares if "poldervaartite" or "olmiite." They are simply GORGEOUS AND SPARKLY AND RED.

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