Wessels Mine, Kalahari, South Africa
Miniature, 5.0 x 4.7 x 3.0 cm
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Just a sliver of matrix underlies this specimen of intergrown, glassy and translucent, pastel-blue celestine. The luster is fabulous, especially for this locality. The crystals reach 1.9 cm in length and intergrown in a complex arrangement like a cogwheel. The top is all pristine and complete, with only a broken crystal near the base (contacted). Most of the crystals exhibit angular chisel-headed terminations and a few are also doubly terminated. 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 status on a worldwide scale. The color, luster and form are both aesthetic and outstanding - and to my eye, quite unique in habit.