PAS15 Pyrite
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
9.2x 6.7x 6.1 cm
$495

An unusual specimen of pyrite from the recent pocket, with exceptional luster and very sharp crystals.  The main crystal on this piece is a flattened rectangular prism, a bit of an oddity from a mine that usually produces fairly perfect cubes.

The piece does have a small amount of damage, and is best displayed from the front (as shown in the initial pictures) to minimize the appearance of rear contacts.

This was one piece from a medium sized lot that I purchased.  As the person who sold them to me put it-- the group this belonged to was selected from "many tons" of specimens, and judging from what I usually see, I am inclined to believe him.  It is never difficult to buy pyrite in Peru, but finding good pieces is another story entirely-- the combination of "heavy" and "brittle" does not make it easy.











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