4" Lustrous Arsenopyrite Crystals - Panasqueira Mine, Portugal

This is an incredibly lustrous, 4" wide cluster of large arsenopyrite crystals with a natural association of quartz. It was collected from the Panasqueira Mines of Castelo Branco. This industrial mining center extends over 12.5 square miles and contains many mining sites, producing a wide variety of exceptional mineral specimens.

Comes with an acrylic display stand.

Arsenopyrite is an iron arsenic sulfide with the chemical formula FeAsS. Depending on minerals present during formation, the iron can be replaced by cobalt (Cobaltite). Arsenopyrite is the most common mineral containing arsenic and can be found in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rock. Crystals can be found as prismatic, twinned, columnar, elongated and massive formations within veins and are found in locations all around the world.

Arsenopyrite contains a significant amount of poisonous arsenic, making it somewhat toxic. Therefore, washing hands following handling of arsenopyrite specimens, is recommended.

Arsenopyrite & Quartz
Panasqueira Mines, Covilh√£, Castelo Branco, Portugal
4 x 3.2"