Dims: 0.7" x 0.5" x 0.3" (1.8 x 1.5 x 0.8 cm)
Wt: 1.4 g w/ foam base
New N'Chwaning Mine, Black Rock Cape, South Africa
This little thumbnail specimen is rather odd as far as Sturmanite goes. It occurs as a cluster of small hexagonal dipyramidal crystals that are intergrown, and thus slightly warped. They have a beige color and dull, waxy luster, unlike the bright yellow color and vitreous-to-pearly luster of most specimens I have seen. All are opaque, but one can see glimpses of yellow coloration and translucence in one or two spots when the specimen is rotated in a bright light. There is no host rock, and the specimen is affixed to a foam pad that fits inside a plastic specimen box. It is certainly an interesting little specimen- at first I thought that the crystals were a variety of beta-quartz that was heavily included with impurities.