Dims: 1.5 x 1.5 x 1.5" (3.8 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm)
Wt: 3.38 oz. (95.8 g)
N'Chwaning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
This specimen consists of at least 3 incomplete, partly-intergrown Hematite crystals. These crystals appear to be very heavily damaged, but only a small portion of this damage occurred after the piece was mined- most of the breakage surfaces show definite partial-healing. The largest crystal has dimensions of 1.5 x 1.2 x 1.2" (3.8 x 3.0 x 3.0 cm) and shows partial but very good hexagonal form- though normally bladed, these crystals are nearly thick enough to be prismatic. Where intact, they have well-defined edges and often striated but clean faces. The largest crystal appears to be an inter-penetration twin. All have the classic dark gray color and metallic luster of their species. There is no host rock present, and the piece is hot-glued onto a flat acrylic base.