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

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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