Peru 2017

A group of nearly 60 specimens from a recent trip to Peru.  Of particular note are a recent find of axinites that rival Dal'Negorsk, some exciting new rhodochrosites from Pasto Bueno, and some very nice pyrites-- of particular note are 3 with japan law twins.

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17PE01 Pyrite
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
21.0x 17.0x 9.5 cm
$4900

I am going to start this off by saying that none of these large pyrites look nearly as good in pictures.  The faces on these pieces are practically mirrors, and the three dimensionality of these pieces, combined with the many reflections makes them nearly impossible to photograph. For that reason, I usually sell these at shows rather than online-- but to get a slightly better view (albeit somewhat shaky-- this thing is heavy to hold with one hand) you can see a video here:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BUuieO1DIEM/
(this weird looking link should open the video in a new tab-- if not copy and paste the first one)

This is a very large cabinet piece, from the spectacular find made approximately 2 years ago.  It does have a couple spots of damage, though is on the whole better than 98% of what I've seen-- and that includes much smaller pieces.  When you have larger ones like this, there is usually all sorts of damage-- and when you consider how delicate the corners of these crystals are, combined with their weight, and the fact that they first have to be extracted, and are then put together in large sacks and hauled out of the mine-- it is remarkable that anything can survive this intact.

Pieces from this find were notable for the exceptional luster, and this one has a rather large single crystal nicely standing out above the main cluster.

This is equally good as a decorator item or as a mineral specimen-- it is large and garbs enough attention to be the former, while also being clean enough to be great as a specimen.











17PE02 Pyrite and Quartz
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
16x 12.8x 10.5 cm
$2600

I am going to start this off by saying that none of these large pyrites look nearly as good in pictures.  The faces on these pieces are practically mirrors, and the three dimensionality of these pieces, combined with the many reflections makes them nearly impossible to photograph. For that reason, I usually sell these at shows rather than online

This is a very large cabinet piece, from the spectacular find made approximately 2 years ago.  It does have a bit of damage near the bttom though is on the whole better than 98% of what I've seen-- and that includes much smaller pieces.  When you have larger ones like this, there is usually all sorts of damage-- and when you consider how delicate the corners of these crystals are, combined with their weight, and the fact that they first have to be extracted, and are then put together in large sacks and hauled out of the mine-- it is remarkable that anything can survive even this intact.

Pieces from this find were notable for the exceptional luster, this one has a a pleasant quartz association. 

This is equally good as a decorator item or as a mineral specimen-- it is large and garbs enough attention to be the former, while also being clean enough to be great as a specimen.









17PE03 Rhodochrosite on Quartz
Pasto Bueno, Pallasca Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru
8.0x 6.6x 1.8 cm
$1450

This was one of the surprises from the trip-- rhodochrosite from Pasto Bueno.  This locality is famous for having produced spectacular rhodochrosite specimens in the 1970's, but has produced almost none of this material for much of the last 40 years.  On visits over the last 3-4 years however, I had seen small bits of rhodochrosite-- usually tiny loose cleavage fragments, but never anything worth purchasing.  This time, I came across a few decent specimens-- they were found nearly a year ago and held back.  This was the best piece from the group.









17PE04 Pyrite on Quartz
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
16.4x 13x 10.3 cm
$1900

A very beautiful example of bright, lustrous pyrite cubes on quartz.  These combinations are highly sought after, though I have never come across very many on any one trip-- this time i was able to get a few, of which this is the largest.  There is peripheral damage to the pyrite and a couple small chips, but the quartz crystals are intact as far as I can see-- and it displays exactly as shown.  It's a beautiful large cabinet piece.











17PE05 Augelite on Quartz
Ortega Claim, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion Province, La Libertad Dept., Peru
5.1x 3.8x 3.5 cm
$650

A beautiful miniature example of augelite on quartz, with a particularly good overall configuration.  To begin with, the piece is a floater, composed primarily of two doubly terminated qurtz crystals arranged in a V-like cluster.  There are a number of smaller secondary quartz crystals, but right front-and-center, clinging to the main quartz crystals, is a light green augelite crystal.  While the color is admittedly a bit on the lighter side, the position and aesthetics of the piece set it well above the standard mess of quartz crystals with augelites randomly interspersed among them. 









17PE06 Augelite on Quartz
Ortega Claim, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion Province, La Libertad Dept., Peru
5.4x 3.5x 3.3 cm
$680

The second of only two augelite pieces I selected, this one has a few very large crystals perched on a quartz matrix.  The main crystal has either etching or chipping on the bottom corner-- it's a bit hard to tell which, and it gets sort of lost in the bits of quartz druzy that are also present on the crystal. Either way, the piece is exactly as shown, and the position and size of the augelite makes it stand out above the usual messy quartz plates, with smaller, randomly interspersed augelite crystals.











17PE07 Pyrite with Quartz (Japan Law Twin)
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
8.5x 5.7x 2.5 cm
$880

I actually consider this to be reasonably significant, as far as pieces from this mine go.  Japan law twins from Huanzala are unheard of-- this mine has produced literally thousands of tons of specimens over the last 40+ years, though Japan Law twins are virtually unknown from there.  I certainly haven't seen any, and my (much more experienced) middle aged friend in Peru who has been specializing in Huanzala material since his early teens had never seen them before either.  This was the best of 3 pieces I was able to get-- the twin is clearly positioned front and center above the pyrite.  The pyrite is contacted on the left side, but I actually think it improves the piece in a rather humorous way: it looks like a bunny now.







17PE08 Rhodochrosite on Quartz
Pasto Bueno, Pallasca Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru
5.1x 3.5x 1.8 cm
$485

This was one of the surprises from the trip-- rhodochrosite from Pasto Bueno.  This locality is famous for having produced spectacular rhodochrosite specimens in the 1970's, but has produced almost none of this material for much of the last 40 years.  On visits over the last 3-4 years however, I had seen small bits of rhodochrosite-- usually tiny loose cleavage fragments, but never anything worth purchasing.  This time, I came across a few decent specimens-- they were found nearly a year ago and held back









17PE09 Rhodochrosite on Quartz
Pasto Bueno, Pallasca Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru
5.1x 2.8x 2.2 cm
$395

This was one of the surprises from the trip-- rhodochrosite from Pasto Bueno.  This locality is famous for having produced spectacular rhodochrosite specimens in the 1970's, but has produced almost none of this material for much of the last 40 years.  On visits over the last 3-4 years however, I had seen small bits of rhodochrosite-- usually tiny loose cleavage fragments, but never anything worth purchasing.  This time, I came across a few decent specimens-- they were found nearly a year ago and held back

The left side of this could probably be trimmed off to create a nice toenail or thumbnail with the main crystal reasonably centered.  The color may be a bit lighter in person.









17PE10 Pyrite with Quartz
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
12.5x 6.8x 5.5 cm
$550

A beautiful specimen of highly lustrous, stacked pyrite crystals with quartz.  There is a bit of chipping, as visible it he photos.  The luster is as good as it gets-- these things are so reflective and tricky to photograph I had to resort to a red background, holding them in my hand, and all sorts of reflectors.









17PE11 Pyrite
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
9.3x 9.7x 7.9 cm
$1400

I am always drawn to these large pyrite cubes-- though so far this is the largest semi-lone crystal I've been able to get.  Most of the pyrite crystals from this mine are clustered rather tightly-- to find one of this size so distinct is rather unusual. 

There are a couple chips, but the piece is incredibly attention grabbing.  I had this sitting with the rest of the lot as I was unpacking, and a friend who came by instantly noticed this piece, among all the others.  The size of the cube and incredible luster really make it stand out.  Even in the pictures, you can actually see the camera and my fingers, and in another you can see the (readable) mirror image of a couple labels in the crystal face. It isn't cheap, but I like it.









17PE12 Axinite
Canta Prov., Lima Dept., Peru
9.7x 6.8x 3.8 cm
$960

A beautiful cabinet sized specimen from recent finds in Peru.  Axinite has been found at a few locations in Peru over the last few years, though to date I think these are the best-- they resemble the standard-setting pieces from Dal'Negorsk or California.









17PE13 Axinite with Epidote
Canta Prov., Lima Dept., Peru
12.5x 9.1x 4.8 cm
$900

A beautiful cabinet sized specimen from recent finds in Peru.  Axinite has been found at a few locations in Peru over the last few years, though to date I think these are the best-- they resemble the standard-setting pieces from Dal'Negorsk or California, and have excellent richness, transparency, color, and luster relative to what I've seen from Peru in the past.  This one has a group of crystals mixed with dark green epidote, all sitting on a rock matrix.  There's a little hole between the axinite and the rock-- it gives it a slightly more sculptural appearance.











17PE14 Axinite
9.3x 7.3x 3.7 cm
$485

A beautiful cabinet sized specimen from recent finds in Peru.  Axinite has been found at a few locations in Peru over the last few years, though to date I think these are the best-- they resemble the standard-setting pieces from Dal'Negorsk or California.

This one is a cluster of smaller crystals, with a larger spray standing out from them on the upper left.







17PE15 Axinite on Andradite Garnet
Canta Prov., Lima Dept., Peru
8.2x 6.5x 6.8 cm
$585

A cabinet sized specimen featuring numerous axinite crystals on matrix, from the new find. This is a rather unusual specimen, in that what at first appears to be a iron-rich matrix is actually a mass of small andradite garnets.  

Axinite has been found at a few locations in Peru over the last few years, though to date I think these are the best-- they almost resemble the standard-setting pieces from Dal'Negorsk or California.







17PE16 Quartz, Chalcopyrite, Tetrahedrite, Hubnerite
Julcani Dist., Angaraes Prov., Huancavelica Prov., Peru
7.6x 5.7x 5.0 cm
$365

An older piece from a Peruvian collection, this is the sort of mineralogical curveball that Julcani is apparently known for.  On previous trips there was never much of anything available from the mine except for arsenopyrite, though this time there was a bit more material available, and the local dealers seemed to be particularly interested by the relatively odd combinations from this mine.  

As noted at the beginning of the description, this piece is a bit older-- it is a combination of quartz and very lustrous hubnerite crystals, over which have grown clusters of tetrahedrite.  As if that were not enough of a combination already, there is an epitaxial growth of chalcopyrite over some faces of the tetrahedrite, lending them an aesthetic brassy appearance. 











17PE17 Ludlamite on Siderite
Huanuni mine,Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia
4.6x 3.8x 2.3 cm
$275

A nice example of ludlamite from recent Bolivian production-- somehow it made its way to Peru. The contrast with the yellowish siderite is nice.









17PE18 Ludlamite
Huanuni mine,Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia
4.8x 4.1x 3.2 cm
$275

A rich example of ludlamite from Bolivia, that somehow made its way down to Peru.









17PE19 Andradite Garnet
Canta Prov., Lima Dept., Peru
11.5x 5.9x 4.2 cm
$420

Along with the axinites from Canta, there were also a few garnet specimens available-- they do after all make up the matrixes of some of the axintes.  The largest garnets were crystals to about 7 or 8 inches, though as they were basically just flat plates with poorly defined edges and only a few upward pointing faces, I passed.  This one however, had a good combination of crystal size and overall composition (by the standards of other andradites from the locality) 

The close-up is of the back-- you can see the layered growth in a couple spots.







17PE20 Arsenopyrite on Pyrite
Julcani Dist., Angaraes Prov., Huancavelica Prov., Peru
6.8x 4.7x 3.0 cm
$235

An older, rather curious Julcani piece from a Peruvian collection-- is it pyrite or is it arsenopyrite?  

When I saw the piece I first thought pyrite, a reflection on its crystal form.  Yet I had never seen such a silvery pyrite, so I changed my mental identification to arsenopyrite.  It turns out the answer is both: it is pyrite with an epitaxial growth of arsenopyrite.

Another Julcani oddity.







17PE21 Orpiment
Quiruvilca Dist., Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
14.0x 8.4x 4.0 cm
$465

A large cabinet example of reddish orange orpiment from Peru.  I have sprayed this with a UV absorber to help preserve it-- it doesn't really change the appearance of the specimen. 

A side note: A couple Peruvian dealers were spraying their realgars with hairspray, and were seeing positive results in terms of longer term preservation-- it turns out that some hairsprays also have UV absorbent chemicals.  Here in the US there are actually sprays specifically formulated to absorb UV (used for preserving art) and that is what I have used here... 







17PE22 Orpiment
Quiruvilca Dist., Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
7.5x 4.6x 2.5 cm
$400

A spectacular orpiment specimen-- the color is so bright and the crystals are even slightly gemmy. A lot of fuss is made about piece from the Twin Creeks Gold Mine in Nevada, but some of these Quiruvilca pieces are every bit as good.  

I have sprayed this with a UV absorber to help preserve it-- it doesn't really change the appearance of the specimen. 








17PE23 Orpiment
Quiruvilca Dist., Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
6.0x 3.8x 3.1 cm
$365

A spectacular orpiment specimen-- the color is so bright and the crystals are even slightly gemmy. A lot of fuss is made about piece from the Twin Creeks Gold Mine in Nevada, but some of these Quiruvilca pieces are every bit as good.  

I have sprayed this with a UV absorber to help preserve it-- it doesn't really change the appearance of the specimen. 










17PE24 Orpiment on Pyrite
Quiruvilca Dist., Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
9.0x 5.1x 3.2 cm
$265

A nice specimen of bright orange orpiment on pyrite, there is some scuffing near the edges, but the piece is exactly as shown.

I have sprayed this with a UV absorber to help preserve it-- it doesn't really change the appearance of the specimen. 









17PE25 Orpiment on Pyrite
Quiruvilca Dist., Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
6.7x 5.2x 3.0 cm
$285

A nice specimen of bright orange orpiment on pyrite, there is some scuffing near the edges, but the piece is exactly as shown.

I have sprayed this with a UV absorber to help preserve it-- it doesn't really change the appearance of the specimen. 









17PE26 Orpiment
Quiruvilca Dist., Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
4.7x 3.7x 2.6 cm
$165

A nice specimen of bright orange orpiment on matrix, there is some scuffing near the edges, but the piece is exactly as shown, and the crystals are a bit more distinct and elongated than usual for this mine.

I have sprayed this with a UV absorber to help preserve it-- it doesn't really change the appearance of the specimen. 







17PE27 Orpiment on Pyrite
Quiruvilca Dist., Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
7.3x 5.0x 4.0 cm
$220

A nice specimen of bright orange orpiment on pyrite, there is some scuffing near the edges, but the piece is exactly as shown.

I have sprayed this with a UV absorber to help preserve it-- it doesn't really change the appearance of the specimen. 







17PE28 Realgar and Orpiment
Quiruvilca Dist., Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
6.3x 4.3x 1.3 cm
$165

A very beautiful small cabinet sized specimen of bright red realgar with superbly contrasting orange orpiment.  This is particularly beautiful under magnification.

I have sprayed this with a UV absorber to help better preserve it-- it doesn't really change the appearance of the specimen.   







17PE29 Pyrite
Julcani Dist., Angaraes Prov., Huancavelica Prov., Peru
13.0x 5.8x 3.0 cm
$225

When I first saw this piece, I was drawn to the distinctness of the crystals.  I thought it was from Huanzala-- pyrites from there are rarely as distinct, nearly always being clustered somewhat compactly and rarely seen on a rock matrix.  It turned out this piece was from Julcani.  There is some damage, but the piece is exactly as shown, and all in all, a rather attractive reference from this mine.







17PE30 Pyrite
Julcani Dist., Angaraes Prov., Huancavelica Prov., Peru
9.3x 8.0x 3.3 cm
$195

When I first saw this piece, I was drawn to the distinctness of the crystals.  I thought it was from Huanzala-- pyrites from there are rarely as distinct, nearly always being clustered somewhat compactly and rarely seen on a rock matrix.  It turned out this piece was from Julcani.  There is some damage, but the piece is exactly as shown, and all in all, a rather attractive reference from this mine.







17PE31 Hutchinsonite
Quiruvilca Dist., Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
5.0x 4.6x 2.9 cm
$185

A rich example of this rare thallium-bearing mineral from Peru.  Hutchinsonite is pretty much the only thallium mineral that is reasonably obtainable, that has pretty much only been for the last couple years while these have been produced.







17PE32 Pyrite with Sphalerite
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
9.7x 7.9x 6.5 cm
$400

A highly lustrous specimen of pyrite with dark sphalerite from the major find made approximately 2 years ago.  Pieces from this find are notable for their incredible mirror-like luster and the relative distinctness of their crystals.







17PE33 Pyrite with Quartz (Japan Law Twin)
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
8.7x 8.1x 8.1 cm
$485

One of only 3 pyrite/ Japan law twin combination specimens I was able to get.  Japan law twins from Huanzala are unheard of-- this mine has produced literally thousands of tons of specimens over the last 40+ years, though Japan Law twins are virtually unknown from there.  I certainly haven't seen any, and my (much more experienced) middle aged friend in Peru who has been specializing in Huanzala material since his early teens had never seen one before either.

I would imagine this would be or particular interest to a quartz collector.









17PE34 Pyrite with Quartz (Japan Law Twin)
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
6.7x 5.1x 4.5 cm
$435

One of only 3 pyrite/ Japan law twin combination specimens I was able to get.  Japan law twins from Huanzala are unheard of-- this mine has produced literally thousands of tons of specimens over the last 40+ years, though Japan Law twins are virtually unknown from there.  I certainly haven't seen any, and my (much more experienced) middle aged friend in Peru who has been specializing in Huanzala material since his early teens had never seen one before either.

I would imagine this would be or particular interest to a quartz collector.









17PE35 Pyrite with Quartz
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
5.9x 5.0x 4.0 cm
$335

A beautiful combination specimen of quartz on very lustrous pyrite, from the Huanzala Mine.  These pyrite/quartz combinations are some of the most sought after specimens from this prolific mine, yet they are never available in much supply. There was a pocket of this material discovered several months ago, and these had been held back.







17PE36 Pyrite with Quartz
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
6.5x 5.3x 4.6 cm
$335

A beautiful combination specimen of quartz on very lustrous pyrite, from the Huanzala Mine.  These pyrite/quartz combinations are some of the most sought after specimens from this prolific mine, yet they are never available in much supply. There was a pocket of this material discovered several months ago, and these had been held back.









17PE37 Pyrite with Quartz
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
6.0x 4.7x 4.5 cm
$295

A beautiful and very 3- diminsional specimen of cubic pyrite with quartz, from Huanzala.  The crystals are so lustrous, you can actually see parts of the specimen reflected in the crystal faces.  









17PE38 Rhodochrosite on Quartz
Pasto Bueno, Pallasca Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru
3.4x 2.7x 2.1 cm
$175

This was one of the surprises from the trip-- rhodochrosite from Pasto Bueno.  This locality is famous for having produced spectacular rhodochrosite specimens in the 1970's, but has produced almost none of this material for much of the last 40 years.  On visits over the last 3-4 years however, I had seen small bits of rhodochrosite-- usually tiny loose cleavage fragments, but never anything worth purchasing.  This time, I came across a few decent specimens-- they were found nearly a year ago and held back









17PE39 Rhodochrosite on Quartz
Pasto Bueno, Pallasca Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru
1.8x 1.6x 1.5 cm
$150

A Sweethome colored rhodochrosite crystal, from Peru.  There is a bit of edge chipping-- still, the color is superb and the overall form is quite good.

This was one of the surprises from the trip-- rhodochrosite from Pasto Bueno.  This locality is famous for having produced spectacular rhodochrosite specimens in the 1970's, but has produced almost none of this material for much of the last 40 years.  On visits over the last 3-4 years however, I had seen small bits of rhodochrosite-- usually tiny loose cleavage fragments, but never anything worth purchasing.  This time, I came across a few decent specimens-- they were found nearly a year ago and held back









17PE40 Rhodochrosite on Quartz
Pasto Bueno, Pallasca Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru
2.7x 1.9x 1.6 cm
$175

A great thumbnail specimen of Peruvian rhodochrosite.

This was one of the surprises from the trip-- rhodochrosite from Pasto Bueno.  This locality is famous for having produced spectacular rhodochrosite specimens in the 1970's, but has produced almost none of this material for much of the last 40 years.  On visits over the last 3-4 years however, I had seen small bits of rhodochrosite-- usually tiny loose cleavage fragments, but never anything worth purchasing.  This time, I came across a few decent specimens-- they were found nearly a year ago and held back







17PE41 Rhodochrosite on Quartz
Pasto Bueno, Pallasca Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru
4.2x 2.7x 2.7 cm
$145

A slightly paler miniature sized sample of rhodochrosite from Peru.

This was one of the surprises from the trip-- rhodochrosite from Pasto Bueno.  This locality is famous for having produced spectacular rhodochrosite specimens in the 1970's, but has produced almost none of this material for much of the last 40 years.  On visits over the last 3-4 years however, I had seen small bits of rhodochrosite-- usually tiny loose cleavage fragments, but never anything worth purchasing.  This time, I came across a few decent specimens-- they were found nearly a year ago and held back









17PE42 Rhodochrosite on Quartz
Pasto Bueno, Pallasca Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru
2.7x 2.8x 1.7 cm
$115

A nice little reference thumbnail of new Peruvian rhodochrosite from a classic locality.  There are some sheared quartz crystals, but the color is like a good Sweethome piece.

This was one of the surprises from the trip-- rhodochrosite from Pasto Bueno.  This locality is famous for having produced spectacular rhodochrosite specimens in the 1970's, but has produced almost none of this material for much of the last 40 years.  On visits over the last 3-4 years however, I had seen small bits of rhodochrosite-- usually tiny loose cleavage fragments, but never anything worth purchasing.  This time, I came across a few decent specimens-- they were found nearly a year ago and held back









17PE43 Chrysocolla with Quartz
Acari Mine, Caraveli Province, Arequipa Department, Peru
6.4x 3.7x 3.4 cm
$175

A nice specimen of botryoidal quartz (possibly chalcedony) over chrysocola.  The color is a very vibrant blue.







17PE44 Andradite Garnet with Axinite
Canta Prov., Lima Dept., Peru
5.7x 5.3x 1.4
$265

A very unusual specimen-- this is a flattened, medallion-like andradite garnet backed by numerous pale axinite crystals and a several green epidotes.  Very weird, but if you are a garnet collector, i would imagine this would be of interest.







17PE45 Quartz
Pasto Bueno, Pallasca Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru
12.3x 8.3x 6.0 cm
$185

A cluster of quartz crystals from Pasto Bueno.  The overall formation seems extremely stereotypical-- like something you would expect to see if you looked for a clip-art image of "crystals."







17PE46 Fluorite
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
15.7x 9.3x 4.5 cm
$300

A large cabinet specimen of this unusual fluorite from Huanzala.  I suppose it isn't really unusual as far as fluorite goes, but (when it does produce fluorite) this mine typically produces octahedrons or octahedrons with complex cubic modifications and stepped faces. These are tightly packed cubes.  There were only a few of these available-- I only got this piece, as it only had one semi-hard-to-see spot of damage.











17PE47 Calcite on Sphalerite
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
12.8x 9.8x 3.3 cm
$235

A large cabinet sample of calcite on black sphalerite, from Huanzala.  Large crystals of sphalerite were never particularly common at Huanzala-- usually it took the form of ubiquitous black specks that could be found on veerything from gift shop material to more fine specimens.  Whatever zone they were working 1-2 years ago (when this and most of the other Huanzala specimens on this page were found) clearly had more well-crystallized sphalerite present.







17PE48 Miargyrite
San Genaro Mine, Huancavelica Dept., Peru
2.8x 2.2x 0.8 cm
$185

A nice thumbnail sized specimen of this very rare silver antimony sulfide.  On this piece, many tiny crystals form an almost botryoidal surface-- the typical habit for miargyite from this location.







17PE49 Miargyrite
San Genaro Mine, Huancavelica Dept., Peru
3.3x 1.9x 1.3 cm
$165

A nice thumbnail sized specimen of this very rare silver antimony sulfide.  On this piece, many tiny crystals form an almost botryoidal surface-- the typical habit for miargyite from this location.







17PE50 Miargyrite
San Genaro Mine, Huancavelica Dept., Peru
2.2x 1.8x 1.5 cm
$135

A nice thumbnail sized specimen of this very rare silver antimony sulfide.  On this piece, many tiny crystals form an almost botryoidal surface-- the typical habit for miargyite from this location.

This one is a bit nicer in person-- the miargyrite is mainly present onon the two peaks at each end of the specimen-- it's all a bit blurry in the pictures due to the combination magnification and the rounded surfaces.







17PE51 Quartz (Japan Law Twin)
Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Sanchez Carrion Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
5.4x 5.0x 3.4 cm
$165

A a few Japan law twinned quartz crystals clustered together in a larger cluster of elongated quartz crystals.  Oddly enough there is a second twin perched right at the intersection of the main twin, and facing forward-- you can see it in the close-up image.







17PE52 Axinite
Canta Prov., Lima Dept., Peru
5.1x 4.2x 2.7 cm
$385

A beautiful large miniature/ small cabinet axinite specimen from the new peruvian find. Axinite has been found at a few locations in Peru over the last few years, though to date I think these are the best-- they almost resemble the standard-setting pieces from Dal'Negorsk or California.









17PE53 Axinite
Canta Prov., Lima Dept., Peru
5.1x 3.8x 3.4
$285

A beautiful large miniature/ small cabinet axinite specimen from the new Peruvian find. Axinite has been found at a few locations in Peru over the last few years, though to date I think these are the best-- they almost resemble the standard-setting pieces from Dal'Negorsk or California.







17PE54 Axinite
Canta Prov., Lima Dept., Peru
6.2x 2.6x 1.9 cm
$265

A beautiful axinite specimen from the new Peruvian find. Axinite has been found at a few locations in Peru over the last few years, though to date I think these are the best-- they almost resemble the standard-setting pieces from Dal'Negorsk or California.









17PE55 Axinite
Canta Prov., Lima Dept., Peru
5.5x 3.7x 2.1 cm
$275

A beautiful axinite specimen from the new Peruvian find. Axinite has been found at a few locations in Peru over the last few years, though to date I think these are the best-- they almost resemble the standard-setting pieces from Dal'Negorsk or California.







17PE56 Axinite
Canta Prov., Lima Dept., Peru
4.7x 2.6x 2.2 cm
$185

A beautiful axinite specimen from the new Peruvian find.  This one has a sharp and very lustrous crystal percched on a matrix of tiny andradite garnets. Axinite has been found at a few locations in Peru over the last few years, though to date I think these are the best-- they almost resemble the standard-setting pieces from Dal'Negorsk or California.











17PE57 Axinite
Canta Prov., Lima Dept., Peru
3.3x 2.2x 3.4 cm
$135

A beautiful axinite specimen from the new Peruvian find. Axinite has been found at a few locations in Peru over the last few years, though to date I think these are the best-- they almost resemble the standard-setting pieces from Dal'Negorsk or California.







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