Ajoite, Quartz
Small Cabinet, 6.9 x 3.7 x 3.0 cm
Messina mine, Messina District, Limpopo Province, South Africa
The Messina mine is home to a unique and beautiful occurrence of these bright blue ajoite-in-quartz specimens. Seldom do you see a specimen so richly included, with such intensity, as this one. The core zone of color, approximately 2.5 x 2 cm of the front face, has an incredibly rich saturation of the minute ajoite inclusions (a mineral very rare from other localities and seldom concentrated). The crystal is complete-all-around and has moderate inclusions in its upper half, though the front display is most impressive. It has a fine termination, excepting only a rough indentation, a natural contact where it grew against something, at a plateau above the colored zone leading into the peak of the termination. Direct from recent mining here, this is a superb and colorful example.