Mine, Cavnic, Marmures Co., Romania
10.2x 5.8 cm
cabinet specimen hosting multiple ball-shaped aggregates of calcite
on a plate of quartz crystals.
I started collecting in the mid-1990's, Romanian minerals were as
common as the similar Bulgarian or Peruvian specimens are today.
Romania's entrance the EU in 2007 however, the main specimen
producing mines (and many others) were forced to close as they were
not compatible with EU regulations. Even for some years before
that, output had been decreased, These days the specimens are
still seen for sale, just not as often as before, as the mines are