N'Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari, South Africa
Cabinet, 13.1 x 9.5 x 5.6 cm
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This is one of the few large plates found that has such rich coverage, and the visual appeal is obvious. The crystals are sharp, and a unique color, that stands out form other species I have seen. The sheer richness of this plate makes it important, but it is also aesthetic as well (a combination I much admire). As with the other specimens of this style, all the crystals seem to be about 6-8 mm in size. But there are so MANY of them here, it is a gorgeous specimen for any species, and even with as many olmiite as has been found of late, this is a radically different style and appearance. It looks for all the world like a Tsumeb cobaltian smithsonite specimen of top quality - and quite unlike previous finds of olmiite, with these unusual, flattened, squarish crystals. I saw the majority of this pocket laid out in front of me, and this is one of the very few (under a dozen) large and fine specimens of this style that were found.