Ajoite incusions in Quartz

Messina Mine, Transvaal, South Africa
Small Cabinet, 6.9 x 3.7 x 3.0 cm
Start Time: 02/20/2010 6:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 03/04/2010 6:00:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

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, approx 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. Valued $2500

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