N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Thumbnail, 2.2 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm
Ex. Desmond Sacco
From the major finds here of circa 1980, this is a gorgeous, complete-all-around, stalactite of crystallized rhodochrosite in sheaf-like clusters. This particular style has long been highly prized among collectors, and fine thumbnails of this quality are thus rare on the market today. They come up only from old collections. This is a pristine, 360-degree specimen with cherry-red color and brilliantly glassy luster. It could not be bettr, for this size range, I think. Stalactitic growths like this also are quite uncommon. ex Desmond Sacco Thumbnail Collection (and he owns the mines, and has the best collection of rhodos from their heyday, so that pedigree here really says something) .