Dims: 1.7 x 1.3 x 0.8" (4.3 x 3.3 x 2.0 cm)
Wt: 2.15 oz. (61.1 g)
Caland Pit, Antikoken, Ontario, Canada
A cluster of heavily-intergrown Manganites rests on the manganese oxide base of this thumbnail specimen. The cluster has visible dimensions of 0.6 x 0.6 x 0.2" (1.5 x 1.5 x 0.5 cm) and is made up of several crystals that reach a maximum length of 0.3" (8 mm) and are in good condition- one is visibly damaged. Their monoclinic prismatic form appears nearly pseudo-hexagonal, and all have a gray-black color and a metallic, sub-adamantine luster. They are separated from their oxide base by a thin druse of tiny, colorless and transparent quartz crystals. The piece is hot-glued onto an acrylic base.