Manganite, Baryte
Miniature, 4.4 x 3.6 x 3.5 cm
Manganese deposit, Ilfeld, Nordhausen, Harz Mts, Thuringia, Germany
An AESTHETIC and BEAUTIFUL Ilfeld manganite cluster jauntily perched on baryte matrix. This super piece is composed of highly lustrous, columnar and prismatic, jet-black, freestanding crystals. I particularly like the aesthetics of this piece. The manganite crystals are in a jackstraw pattern, with 3-dimensionality, not in the usual same plane. These CLASSIC, OLD-TIMERS were all found prior to 1900. Very nearly pristine, with only the large manganite having a contacted termination.