6.5 x 4 x 3.75 inches
4 pounds 4.4 ounces
Messina, South Africa
Ahhhoite... what an amazing color! Only truly to be seen again in nature in tropical waters. We have an uncanny symbiotic relationship with this stone and our passion for this color spectrum is indescribable. This fantastic Copper Silicate inclusion in Quartz hails from the Messina Mine, 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 hit in 2008.
Messina's famous copper deposit really struck its specimen 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, and many others still unidentified, the various Messina deposits have become a sort of Mecca for Quartz inclusion enthusiasts! Specimens from Messina have come in waves over the years. Logistics and politics in Africa create challenging risks for investors! Messina will produce again, but not without great effort and investment.