Ajoite, Quartz
Miniature, 3.2 x 2.8 x 2.3 cm
Messina mine, Messina District, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Ajoite is a very RARE copper-related silicate. This is a KILLER, UNPOLISHED, natural quartz crystal that displays RICH zones of concentrated, turquoise-blue ajoite inclusions that you can ask for, and is about the most ajoite I have ever seen in one crystal. Truly an exceptional miniature by ANY standard for the collector of all things quartz, copper or South African. This super piece is from a RECENT, very small find from the famous Messina Mine of South Africa, source of the very BEST ajoite-included quartz crystals. The trivial bit of termination edge wear and a contacted face on the back of the termination are noted, but certainly not a visual detraction to this gorgeous and unique specimen.