3.6" Lustrous, Translucent Sphalerite Crystals - Peru

This is a lustrous cluster of translucent, yellow-orange sphalerite crystals from Peru. The sphalerite formed in association with calcite, over a chalcedony encrusted matrix. The entire specimen measures 3.6" wide and comes with an acrylic display stand.

Galena is a lead based mineral that is in fact the primary ore of lead, and has been used for its lead content for thousands of years. Galena typically displays a gray metallic luster and forms cubes or octahedral crystals. The chemical composition of galena is PbS.

While galena will not pose a health hazard by sitting on the shelf, or even from casual handling, we suggest washing hands following handling due to the lead content of the mineral.

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.

FOR SALE
$29
DETAILS
SPECIES
Sphalerite, Calcite & Quartz var. Chalcedony
LOCATION
Peru
SIZE
3.6 x 2.5"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#213655