4.9" Quartz and Pyrite Crystal Cluster - Peru

This is a stunning piece! This is a massive cluster of quartz and pyrite, with occasional tetrahedral clusters of brassy chalcopyrite and lustrous, blackish sphalerite. The pyrite cubes are also coated in sphalerite on both sides of the specimen, creating a unique antique look that makes this piece a showstopper from any angle. It was collected from the Huanzala Mine in Peru. The entire specimen measures 4.9" wide and includes 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, Sphalerite & Chalcopyrite
Huanzala Mine, Bolognesi, Peru
4.9 x 4.7"