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

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.

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