Manganite on Quartz
Ilfeld, Harz Mountains, Germany
Miniature, 5.2 x 4.1 x 2.7 cm
This find of the mid 1880s set the standard and still does, for the species. Aesthetically perched on white quartz is a cluster of splendent, black, crystals of manganite, to 3.5 cm in length. There is NO DAMAGE to the display face, only one break facing the back, and one to the left periphery. As far as I'm concerned, this miniature, with its superb color contrast, is as good as I have ever seen, for its size. You almost never see upright manganites ON MATRIX, sticking up and out so dramatically. On contrasting and crystallized matrix no less?! This piece has survived intact for more than 100 years and to me this is remarkable.