Ajoite, Quartz
Thumbnail, 1.7 x 1.4 x 1.2 cm
No. 5 shaft, Messina mine, Messina District, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Ajoite is a very rare copper-containing silicate. This is a fine, unpolished thumbnail natural quartz crystal that displays a rich a zone of concentrated, turquoise-blue ajoite inclusions. This fine piece is from the famous, small, 1985 find from the Messina Mine of South Africa, source of the very best ajoite-included quartz crystals. The ajoite phantom is beautiful and there are many clay inclusion flecks. The termination is complete-all-around and pristine and the sidecar crystal is a nice accent. Ex. Rob Smith Collection.