Bustamite (rare) (fluor.)
- Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, South Africa
- Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 5.7 x 3.4 cm
- Start Time: 05/10/2009 7:30:00 pm (CDT)
- End Time: 05/19/2009 7:15:49 pm (CDT)
- Auction Closed
Bustamite is rare for the Kalahari district, and this is a rich specimen, with intense color. The soft pink hue is not pale... it's actually quite strongly colored for a pastel hue. The color is very similar to the rich pink Bustamite from the famous Franklin Mine, and the habit is a cross between Franklin's blocky crystals and the 'hairy' Bustamite from Broken Hill, Australia. A very fine specimen. Good fluorescence, too!