• Kutnohorite
  • Kutnohorite
  • Kutnohorite
  • Kutnohorite
Carbonates

Kutnohorite

$3,500.00   €3,327  £2,810.00 approx.  

This specimen is priced in US dollars, all other prices are approximate.

ID: CC31891
Kutnohorite is perhaps one of the strangest looking of all minerals, more organic than mineral in structure and appearance, exemplified by this amazing specimen from Wessels mine at Hotazel in South Africa. Within the Kalahari Manganese Field of Northern Cape Province, Wessels mine is world famous for its variety of minerals, its superb specimens and type locality to eighteen (18) species. Kutnohorite is a rare calcium manganese carbonate and in this matrix-less cabinet specimen forms many intergrown and overlapping tapering chanterelle mushroom-shaped crystal sprays. For anyone unfamiliar with the habit of Kutnohorite, the emphasis is on chanterelle and not the common mushroom or toadstool shape. The crystalline florets range from 3 to over 5 cm tall, tapering from a near pointed base only 2 to 3 mm wide to the terminated rosettes of up to almost 4 cm diameter. Colour, texture and lustre are dead ringers for pale pink Edinburgh rock, although if you are unfamiliar with this traditional Scottish confection, the comparison is not that helpful! In other words, pale yet vivid candy pink and a matt lustre with a slightly rough but very fine-grained sucrosic texture. This is a beautiful specimen and a perfect example of Kutnohorite.

Details

Dimensions
7.8 × 9.0 × 8.0 cm
Categories
Carbonates, Latest Additions, Rare Minerals
Locality
Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa, Africa

Minerals on Specimen

Minerals on specimen
Kutnohorite