PKR01 Epidote on Quartz
Pampa Blanca Mine, Castrovirreina Prov., Huancavelica Dept., Peru
10.2x 7.0x 5.6 cm
$4900

This is my favorite piece from the trip, a terminated quartz crystal with a single epidote fan clinging to the rear of the termination.  

 

This is a slightly older piece, from the find made several years ago--specimen mining at this site ran from about 1995 to 2004.  It was held back in the collection of a local dealer.

 

I have seen a number of epidotes from this location, and several epidotes with quartz, but none with the superb composition and aesthetics of this one.  Although a couple terminations in the epidote spray are dinged, this cannot be avoided with epidotes from Pampa Blanca, and surrounded by the numerous perfect ones, this is nearly invisible. 

 

The base of the quartz crystal is slanted, so for the sake of photpgraphing the piece I attached it to a base (rather sloppily) using a small stand as support.  This piece would greatly benefit from a custom base.  You can see this sloppy mounting in the third image from the top, on the right column, obviously that is not the display side...

 

All in all, this probably ranks among the best examples to come from the locality, and I would even go so far as to call it a notable piece for Peru. 












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