Pyrite With Calcite
Miniature, 4.1 x 3.7 x 1.8 cm
Merelani Mine, Arusha, Tanzania

Pyrite from this mine is extremely rare, and seldom seen. This is the biggest pyrite I have seen, to date, myself. It is crested by a delicate flowering of disc-like calcites atop, and is fairly aesthetic. Some minor damage, but still in context a displayable specimen. For the systematic collector of minerals from this mine, or of unusual African minerals, I think this was quite interesting. Sorry about the seemingly high price for a little pyrite... they just ask a lot for these over there, when found! I paid $450 for it myself just to have it. And for that matter, why do we not see many pyrites from Africa, anyhow?

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