Quartz with Pyrite
Cabinet, 10.2 x 6.6 x 4.2 cm
Daye Iron Mine Open Pit, Tieshan District, Huangshi, Hubei, China
Several mounds of tiny, sparkling, translucent Quartz crystals dominate one side of this attractive piece while the other is monopolized by colorful iridescent Pyrite - this is a truly "two-faced" specimen. The Quartz mounds on the more prominent side are composed of innumerable, 1 to 2 mm, glistening Quartz crystals that are dusted locally by tiny, nacreous Pyrite crystals. The opposite side is completely bedazzled by minute, scintillating Pyrite crystals that exhibit a wonderful iridescence in thick somewhat-concentric bands ranging in color from metallic green, orange, blue and magenta. A very lovely and contrasting piece from one side to other! These are not significant pyrites, but they are nevertheless beautiful combination specimens. I saw these come out when I was nearby the mine, a giant open pit operation, in 2018. While there were a few tables of material that "sparkled," this one was particularly elegant in shape.
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