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.

It comes with an acrylic display stand.

Arsenopyrite is an iron arsenic sulfide with the chemical formula FeAsS. It is the most common arsenic-bearing mineral and is its principal ore, 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. Depending on minerals present during formation, the iron in arsenopyrite can be replaced by cobalt, forming cobaltite.

Arsenopyrite contains a significant amount of poisonous arsenic, making it somewhat toxic. Washing hands following handling is recommended.


FOR SALE
$249
DETAILS
SPECIES
Arsenopyrite & Quartz
LOCATION
Panasqueira Mines, Covilh√£, Castelo Branco, Portugal
SIZE
4 x 3.2"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#239768