Dims: 1.5" x 1.5" x 1.0" (3.8 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm)
Wt: 1.7 oz. (47.4 g)
New N'Chwaning Mine, Hotazel, Kuruman, South Africa
Most of this small specimen's mass is made up of Hausmannite, in the form of a large cluster of heavily intergrown crystals. These crystals reach a diameter of 0.5" (1.3 cm) and are generally in very good condition, as only a very small amount of damage is visible to the cluster. All have reasonably good tetragonal, pseudo-octagonal form, with well-defined edges and heavily-patterned but easily definable faces that show the standard adamantine luster. They have a black coloration and are completely opaque. Among this cluster are small crusts of tiny, sparkling red crystals. These crystals are made up of a variety of garnet, but I am not sure which variety. The base on which these crystals rest is likely made up of finely-grained, massive Hausmannite.