3.4" Octahedral Sphalerite and Epidote on Fluorite - Peru

This is a unique, 3.4" wide mineral specimen featuring two large sphalerite crystals and epidote crystals on a bed of yellow cubic fluorite crystals collected from the Huanzala Mine in Áncash, Peru. The large sphalerite crystals are located on opposite sides of the specimen.

It comes with an acrylic display stand.

The Huanzala mine in the Bolognesi Province of Áncash, Peru is an excellent example of a mine with exceptional quality, variety, and availability. Traditionally a lead-zinc mine, Huanzala holds the record for the most mineral tonnage extracted by a single mine. This is quite the feat and it's easy to see why minerals from this locality are so aggressively mined and collected.

This mine has a multitude of awesome minerals from sharply terminated quartz to sparkly pyrite, bubbly aragonite and dense galena. Other common minerals are realgar, orpiment, sphalerite, chalcopyrite, manganoan calcite, rhodonite, rhodochrosite, cassiterite, barite, fluorite and fluorapatite, among other less prevalent minerals. Mineral associations from this mine often contain three to four minerals at once, growing all over one another in phenomenal associations.

Sphalerite, Epidote & Fluorite
Huanzala Mine, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru
3.4 x 3"