Apatite, Arsenopyrite, Muscovite, Quartz
Panasqueira Mine - Couto Mineiro da Panasqueira, Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal
Small Cabinet, 9.0 x 7.8 x 3.2 cm
Outstanding combination piece consisting of Apatite, exceptional Arsenopyrite, clusters of Muscovite, and Quartz. The Apatite, 1.5 cm across and .5 cm thick, is a lovely gemmy green. The luster varies from excellent to coated. The lustrous Arsenopyrites are well-crystallized, almost fan-like in their habit. The Quartz is both massive as the base and well-crystallized, the few dings being of little significance. There are also numerous Muscovite inclusions in the gemmy Quartz crystals, which add even more to the aesthetics and mineralogical value of this excellent specimen. Ex. Steve Smale Collection.