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English: Ajoite, Quartz
Locality: Messina mine, Messina District, Limpopo Province, South Africa (Locality at mindat.org)
Size: small cabinet, 6.9 x 3.4 x 2.5 cm
Ajoite included in Quartz (phantom)
This is a razor-sharp crystal with a termination so sharp you can literally cut yourself on it. The quartz hosts an internal phantom generation of quartz, that is richly included by powder blue ajoite. Now, often the inclusions are dispersed in the quartz , but seldom do you see a phantom within, concentrating the color as this one does. The crystal is complete all around, and shows extraordinary clarity looking through to the phantom zone within. I have seen literally hundreds of these, and in this size range, few have stood out to me as starkly as this piece, which I saw at the Munich show with a direct source. Moreover, it is complete and sharp, and shows off the inclusions without need of polishing. It really is one of the sharpest and finest in its size class. After cleaning, we found that it is technically a floater - rough at the bottom, but microcrystallized and complete.
Deutsch: Ajoit, Quarz
Fundort: Messina mine, Distrikt Messina, Limpopo , Südafrika (Fundort bei mindat.org)
Größe: 6.9 x 3.4 x 2.5 cm
Date before March 2010(2010-03)
Source Image: http://www.irocks.com/db_pics/new2010/tmu47a.jpg, Description: http://www.irocks.com/render.html?species=Ajoite&page=1
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