4.5 x 3.75 x 2.5 cm
Arton Villa Mine, Messina, South Africa
Ahhhoite... what an amazing color. Only truly to be seen again in nature in tropical waters in certain places on Earth. This stone and I have an uncanny symbiotic relationship. My passion for this color spectrum is indescribable. This fantastic Copper Silicate inclusion in Quartz hails from the Messina Mine, Limpopo Province, on the border of South Africa and Zimbabwe, originally found in Ajo, Arizona. We have been fortunate enough to develop a great relationship with the miners of this material over the past 4 years and have distributed about 80% of the material that came out of the two major pockets that were hit in 2008.
Quartz was our first stone passion. For a decade we have attempted to gather as much diversely included and colorful Quartzes as we could find, from every corner of the globe, travelling both to country of origin, and utilizing a vast network of suppliers developed through exhibiting at major USA and international gem and mineral shows. Here is a representation of those efforts - some of the best of our finds, as well as a tremendous volume that has just piled up as a result of wholesaling in volume! If you have a variety of aesthetic Quartz to add to our offerings, we'd love to see a flat of material! We also personally collect high quality fine Quartzes. This famous copper deposit really struck its peak when the marketing of Ajoite and Papagoite inclusions in Quartz made it a more popular specimen deposit. Boasting over 25 known minerals in Quartz, many unidentified, the various Messina deposits have becoming a sort of Mecca for Quartz inclusion enthusiasts! Material from there has come in waves over the years... logistics and politics in Africa create challenging risks for investors! Messina will produce again, but with great effort.