Ajoite, Quartz
Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 7.5 x 6.5 cm
Messina mine, Messina District, Limpopo Province, South Africa
A pleasing, powder-blue, 4 mm ajoite ball with a stunning halo of ajoite is strikingly included in the face of a glassy, 5.3 cm, quartz crystal attached to a sculptural crust. The ajoite halo is surreal and the double refraction at the quartz crystal edge is really interesting. This aesthetic piece is from a new find at the Messina Mine of South Africa. This is an impressive, highly representative example of the very rare sodium, potassium, copper silicate, named after its discovery locality, the New Cornelia Mine, Ajo, Arizona.