Calcite and Quartz With Ilvaite
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 4.6 x 2.7 cm
Bor Mine, Dalnegorsk, Russia

This unusual combination specimen features clusters of 1-cm crystals of white calcite and colorless quartz contrasting with several splendent, black, ilvaite crystals to about 1 inch. All of this sits on a matrix of massive hedenbergite (sawed flat on the bottom to stand). All of the upright, major ilvaite crystals are fully and magnificently terminated, with the only damage confined to the periphery and thus to the less significant sideways-pointing crystals at the base. Ilvaites of this quality came out richly in the late 80s and the 90s but have since completely evaporated from the market. Now a Russian classic!