Olmiite (very large plate)

Nchwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Field, South Africa
Large Cabinet, 16.7 x 9.2 x 4.2 cm
Start Time: 06/02/2011 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 06/09/2011 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

An impressive, LARGE CABINET plate of massive hematite richly covered with balls and bowtie-like balls of glassy and translucent, rose-brown to tan, elongated orthorhombic crystals of olmiite from the recent, Fall 2008 find at the famous Nchwaning II Mine of South Africa. This is a excellent large, example from this find and it really glows a beautiful rose-red with good light. This large piece is in great shape. Olmiite was formerly known as poldervaartite, prior to recent extensive testing showing it to be a new species. Large, fine plates like this are uncommon today.

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