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Pyrite

Pyrite

$24.00Price

Awesome single cube perched on matrix, with great color and luster.  A great example of the famous locality, great quality and shape overall, this is a perfect piece for a new collector of this material.

 

From Victoria Mine, Spain.  Self-standing as shown. Please see the ruler photo for size reference.  Please contact us with any questions.

 

The pyrite specimens from Navajún Spain are some of the most famous of any mineral species in the world.  Many new collectors are shocked at the natural cubic shapes, assuming they are cut and polished.  The cubes are of course 100% natural, a stunning representation of the natural world conforming to seemingly impossible straight lines and 90 degree angles.  They also have an amazing luster and golden color to make them even more impressive. The crystals are abundant in the small mining area that is unique to anywhere in the world.  The mine does welcome visitors, if you want to experience one of the coolest rockhounding trips in the world.  You just have to get to rural north-east Spain first!

 

Pyrite, often referred to as "fool's gold" due to its striking resemblance to real gold, is a popular mineral among collectors.  It commonly forms in cubic crystals, though it can also manifest in octahedral and pyritohedral forms.  Well-formed cubic pyrite crystals are particularly prized by collectors for their geometric perfection.  It has a metallic luster and a pale brass-yellow hue, which can sometimes exhibit a slightly greenish tint. Its reflective, shiny surface makes it visually appealing and easily distinguishable.  Overall, pyrite's aesthetic appeal, variety of forms, and widespread availability make it a fascinating and rewarding mineral for collectors of all levels.

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