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    N'Chwaning I Mine, N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari Manganese Field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

    Waiting for the next find of Rhodochrosite from the Kalahari Manganese Fields is very much akin to Waiting for Godot or watching a Bergman movie: it's all about waiting for something that never gets around to happening. That, in the case of Rhodochrosite from N'Chwaning, has led to rather healthy appreciation (in both senses of the term) for these roseate divas of the Manganese Mineral World. This charming study in pink and black combines four or five aggregates of sub-parallel and doubly-terminated Rhodochrosite prisms that have coalesced into a single Rubenesque composition. All of the "Ruby-Red Grapefruit" tinted crystals are brilliant in luster and free from damage. They are surrounded by a jet black Manganese Oxide matrix that provides a striking contrast in luster and color. The condition of the specimen is pristine.
    Overall Measurements: 1.68 x 1.37 x 0.85 inches (4.27 x 3.5 x 2.17 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: The Rocksmiths [Hoppel #D0817]

    Condition Report*: Condition report available upon request.
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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    4th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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