Fluorapatite on Smoky Quartz With Arsenopyrite, Calcite, Siderite
3rd Level, Panasqueira Mine, Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal
Cabinet, 15.0 x 6.0 x 6.0 cm
Ex. Dr. Art Soregaroli
A striking combination piece with major minerals of this famous locality being well-represented in association on a very large quartz crystal for this locale. The bluish-grey, hexagonal Fluorapatites have superb luster, are gemmy to translucent, and reach up to 8 mm across. Some even have very attractive, well-formed bevels. The Smoky Quartz is doubly-terminated and quite gemmy. This Quartz is preferentially coated with gemmy, mm-size Calcite rhombs on top of mm-size tan Siderite discs. Mixed in with those are Arsenopyrite and Pyrite crystals. The overall effect of this large specimen is to create a really impressive combination specimen