Sphalerite on Chalcopyrite and Quartz
Oppu Mine, Aomori Pref., Japan
Small Cabinet, 5.5 x 5.4 x 4.0 cm
Ex. Dr. Eugene Meieran
A well formed, lustrous, golden-brown crystal of sphalerite, 3.5 cm across, sits majestically on white quartz and sharply crystallized, brassy, chalcopyrite crystals, to 2 cm across. BETTER In PERSON, this is a combination of flashy metallic hues with some white contrast at the edges! It is a spectacular display specimen and for quality from this old locality, is something rare on the market today. I do not know how old it is, only that I am told these are generally pre-1950 and certainly I do not see pieces of this magnitude pop up often. This is certainly one of the best combo specimens I have seen from Japan. It was long in Gene Meieran's sulfide collection before I traded it out of him.