3.2" Pyrite Crystal Cluster with Quartz - Morocco
This is a cluster of pyrite crystals that are associated with aggregations of quartz, collected from the Bou Nahas Mine (Bou N'hass Mine) in the Oumjrane area of Morocco. The quartz crystals looked to have formed from bladed barite crystals.
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.