Rhodochrosite on Manganite--"Large Wheat Sheaf"
Kalahari Manganese Field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Discovered circa 1980, "wheat sheaf"-style rhodochrosites such as the present offering were only seen in a few small pockets. Today, they are almost never seen for sale on the market and collectors are reluctant to part with them. This example is exemplary with its lustrous, transparent crystals in wheat sheaf-like bundles, individually segregated and standing against jet black, lustrous manganese matrix. In balance, color, and aesthetics, this is a superb example of this famous find. Measuring 8.0 x 4.8 x 2.8cm