Cavnic (Kapnic; Kapnik), Maramures Co., Romania
Small Cabinet, 7.3 x 5.9 x 3.8 cm
Clusters of splendent, dark gray pyrolusite blades in jackstraw fashion richly fill a vug lined with starkly contrasting white quartz microcrystals on massive pyrolusite matrix on this fine and uncommon specimen from near Cavnic, Romania. Pyrolusite usually forms as matte-black powdery to fibrous crusts, or sometimes in botryoidal or columnar aggregates, so these metallic blades are an uncommon form. Old-time and uncommon material from the Carl Stentz and John Ydren Collections.