Galena, Sphalerite, Quartz
Alimon Mine (Animon Mine), Huaron Mining District, San Jose de Huayllay District, Cerro de Pasco, Daniel Alcides Carrion Province, Pasco Department, Peru
Cabinet, 10.1 x 8.1 x 4.1 cm
Thousands of good specimens from this deposit have been sold over the years, but few are as good as this combo specimen, surely from the heyday of the 1970s to early 1980s. Jackstraw clusters of lustrous, colorless, transparent, quartz crystals, to 2 cm in length act as a platform for two large, composite, lustrous, black crystals of sphalerite, to 3.2 cm across. Perched between the sphalerites are mesmerizing, hoppered crystals of galena, to 2.50 cm across. To boot, there are even a couple of mirror bright, striated cubes of pyrite, to 1.0 cm across. In the large number of quartz crystals are only a few with broken tips, and they melt into insignificance. This is a large and dramatic piece from a classic locality, that is now for all intents and purposes defunc tin terms of such specimens. 10.1 x 8.1 x 4.1 cm