- Wessels mine
- Kalahari Manganese Field
- Northern Cape Province
- South Africa
- 4.8 by 3.7 by 3.2 cm – Miniature specimen (fits into a 5 cm cube)
Inesite is a calcium manganese silicate originally found in Germany (Schneider, 1887). The name inesite comes from the Greek for flesh fibers, which it resembles. Wan & Ghose (1978) determined that inesite is a double chain silicate, the first example of its type. The mineral forms platy crystals to 7 by 5 mm, arranged in tight subparallel groups (fans), covering a friable matrix. Very attractive. This specimen suffers from chipping of some of the thin crystals, as seen in the photographs. Displays well! And the color is outstanding!
Item code: MS0911
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