Cabinet, 10.5 x 9.5 x 6.9 cm
Ilfeld, Harz Mts., Germany
This specimen is a rich example of the classic, long-gone manganite crystals from this important locality (which produced best of species by any reckoning). They all came from a small, aberrant, ultra-rich vein in the 1880's. It features numerous sharp, extremely lustrous, terminated crystals to 3.6 cm all splaying out to make a dramatic frontal display face. The luster is high and the isolation and dimensionality make this large piece unusual. There is one repair, clean, to a minor central crystal, but other than that the piece has a dozen others. Lastly, a small amount of Baryte matrix acts as a welcome, and unusual, accent. Comes with custom lucite display base which mounts it rather elegantly, I think. Moreover, I have seen inferior pieces at the same price recently; so all things considered, I believe it to be a relative bargain. Joe Budd photos.