3.1" Sphalerite and Chalcopyrite Association - Peru

This gorgeous specimen contains an association of chalcopyrite and sphalerite crystals. It comes from the Huanzala Mine in Peru and the entire piece measures 3.1" wide.

Sphalerite is a part of the sulfides group and typically exhibits a grey/black appearance due to high concentrations of impurities. When sphalerite is in it's purest state, the chemical composition is ZnS, and can display a gemmy transparent light tan/yellow color. This is one of the few minerals that can form crystals ranging anywhere between gemmy and transparent to opaque and metallic-like. Opaque or cloudy sphalerite tends to be most abundant, due to the ease of iron replacing zinc in the process of formation.

Chalcopyrite is a brass-yellow colored mineral which is one of the most important ores of copper. When weathered chalcopyrite loses it's metallic luster, turning a gray-green color. When acids are present the tarnish can develop a red to blue to purple iridescence.
Chalcopyrite & Sphalerite
Huanzala Mine, Bolognesi, Peru
3.1" wide