Wessels Mine, Kalahari, South Africa
Small Cabinet, 6.7 x 5.1 x 4.2 cm
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This is easily the largest and best formed isolated crystal of celestine in this lot and a major piece for the locale in that regard. Perched on matrix are glassy and translucent crystals of pastel blue celestine, to 2.25 cm across. Two of the larger crystals on the backside are also doubly terminated. The front is beautiful, with the blue clashing against the glittering little jewels of calcite crystals on the matrix under the celestine. The back has some small damage at the base of the crystal cluster, which you can see in the photo of the back side, but the front and display face is intact and that upright celestine is pristine. The style is uniquely Wessels Mine... classic in appearance, just an order of magnitude BIGGER than anything we have previously seen from here. Formerly this locality produced "locality pieces" of celestine. This is the first pocket I have seen that really competes for attention more globally. The color, luster and form are both aesthetic and outstanding!