Pyroxmangite (old - classic locale)

Taguchi Mine, Shidara, Aichi Prefect., Honshu Island, Japan
Small Cabinet, 6.3 x 4.3 x 3.2 cm
Start Time: 01/30/2010 6:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 02/04/2010 6:48:27 pm (CST)
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Item Description

Pyroxmangite is an uncommon high-temperature manganese silicate. Gemmy, lustrous, bright cherry-red crystals to 6 mm attractively fill a vug in matrix on this showy, old-time specimen from the Taguchi Mine. This long-abandoned Japanese manganese mine, now overgrown with forest, was once famous for the world"s best pyroxmangite crystals, some even facettable as gems. Bruised crystals are noted, but his remains a highly representative example of the uncommon species and historic locale. Some of the crystals are cutter quality. Very rare on the market in this quality or any quality. Valued at $400-500.

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