2.8" Pyrite Crystal Cluster - Morocco
This is a thin cluster of pyrite crystals that were collected from the Bou Nahas Mine (Bou N'hass Mine) in the Oumjrane area of Morocco. A neat feature of this specimen is the "underside" which still contains the impressions of the underlying mineral formation that this was extracted from.
The mineral pyrite or iron pyrite is commonly referred to as Fool's Gold because its metallic luster and pale brass-yellow hue give it a superficial resemblance to gold. In the old mining days, pyrite was sometimes mistaken for gold. Pyrite is the most common of the sulfide minerals with the chemical formula FeS2. Pyrite crystals occur in many shapes and habits, including cubes of all sizes, penetration twin cubes, pyritohedral clusters and as small druzy crystals that can exhibit a beautiful glistening effect.