Specimen #1311

Name: Bustamite

Type: Mineral

Locality: Wessels Mine (Wessel's Mine), Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

Favorite? N

Fluorescent? N

Size: 9.4 x 5.3 x 4.5 cm


Acquired: 2009-03-09

Source: Arkenstone Auction

Label: Y

Comment: Bustamite is actually fairly uncommon for the Kalahari district, and this is a rich specimen, with intense color. The soft pink hue is not pale…its actually quite strongly colored for a pastel hue. Charlie rated this highly, and said it was an unusually thick piece with the kind of color treasured for lapidary use, carvings and such.

Minerals: Bustamite ((Mn,Ca)3Si3O9)

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Bustamite, Wessels Mine, Kalahari, South Africa - 9.4 x 5.3 x 4.5 cm