Hausmannite and pink Datolite (rare)

Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari MN field, South Africa
Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 6.3 x 2.7 cm
Start Time: 07/28/2009 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 08/18/2009 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Exceptional, large plate composed of sharp Hausmannite crystals sprinkled with pink DATOLITE crystals. This is a rare, and I think unique, combination found only in one pocket so far as I have been told. The Hausmannites are razor-sharp tetragonal pyramids up to .8 cm on edge, with superb luster. Many retain their individuality, and show beautifully. Many are also complexly intergrown, which are also very attractive and interesting. The datolite crystals are in an unusual tabular habit, with a wonderful pink color and very gemmy. The largest of these oddities is also about .8 cm. This is one of the finest combination piece I have seen of these two species - great aesthetics, color contrast, and size taken together. Charlie seems to have gottne much of the find and stashed them. This is one of the largest we obtained in the collection and it was valued around $2500-3000

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