Stibnite, Calcite
Herja Mine (Kisbanya), Baia Mare (Nagybanya), Maramures Co., Romania
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 5.7 x 4.2 cm
A 3.0 cm spray of splendent stibnite blades is aesthetically set in a matrix of stalactitic calcite. The fascinating thing about this excellent piece is that the broken ends of the calcite stalactites reveal the single stibnite needle cores, which the calcite grew around. A revelation, certainly not a detraction. This showy piece is from the famous Herja Mine of Romania. The Maramures County mines are rumored to be closing soon.