3" Cubic Pyrite and Quartz Crystals on Rhodochrosite - Peru

This is a rare mineral association from the Huanzala Mine in Peru. The specimen features cubic pyrite crystals and quartz on a bed of pink rhodochrosite. A small amount of this material was collected from the mine, some of which we were lucky enough to get our hands on. A small amount of fluorite can be found on this specimen within a rhodochrosite pocket.

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.

Pyrite, Quartz, Fluorite & Rhodochrosite
Huanzala Mine, Bolognesi, Peru
3 x 2.5"