Taguchi mine, Shidara, Kita-Shidara-gun, Aichi Prefecture, Chubu Region, Honshu Island, Japan
Small Cabinet, 6.3 x 4.3 x 3.2 cm
Pyroxmangite is an uncommon high-temperature manganese silicate. Gemmy, lustrous, bright cherry-red crystals to 6 mm attractively fill a vug in matrix on this fine, old-time specimen from the Taguchi Mine. This long-abandoned Japanese manganese mine, now overgrown with forest, was once famous for the world's best pyroxmangite crystals, some even facettable as gems. This is a highly representative example of the uncommon species and historic locale. Some of the crystals are cutter quality. Very rarely available in this quality or any quality.