Manganite on Quartz
Small Cabinet, 6.0 x 5.5 x 4.2 cm
Ilfeld, Harz Mountains, Germany
This find of the mid 1880s set the standard and still does, for the species. This matrix specimen is extremely unusual, primarily because the manganite crystals are separate and discrete. The lustrous, black crystals, to 2.3 cm in length, including one that is doubly terminated, are nestled in a vug of crystallized quartz. This association is very unusual, and results in a great contrast for the aesthetic value of the piece.