- Small Cabinet, 7.4 x 5.6 x 3.0 cm
- Wessels Mine, Kalahari, South Africa
A thin crust of matrix gives way to a plate of angular, chisel-headed crystals, to 2 cm across, of glassy and translucent, pastel-blue celestine. On this piece many of the crystals terminate in opposite directions, making it look larger than it actually is because they splay out so nicely. A few of the celestine crystals are also doubly terminated. This is a MAJOR specimen for the species, from South Africa! 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.