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RM588   Poldervaartite-olmiite with xonotlite

N'Chwaning II Mine, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape, South Africa

This huge size specimen combines two very interesting species. On one hand we have spherical aggregates formed by radiated polysynthetic growth of poldervaartite, showing slightly curved top faces, with a very uniform beige and good luster. We would like to inform you that these specimens were found in the mine in late 2010 and were collected very few specimens. They were analyzed by SEM-EDS, and it was found that the external and surface crystals were mainly determinated as poldervaartite, while the inner concentric growths presents poldervaartite and olmiite mixture. This makes us confirm poldervaartite in this mine.
Only for this species this sample is excellent. But it is accompanied by xonotlite, an uncommon calcium silicate, in the form of fine needles, brilliance and flexible. A stunning combination. To increase its interest we can say that this sample is one of the few of this vug, from this popular South African mine. A great opportunity. We will send the analysis to the buyer.


Size: 9,5 x 7,5 x 5,0 cm.
Found in 2010.

Ex-col. M. Ecker.