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Pyrite

Reserves

Estimate:

800

to
- 1,200 USD

Sold Without Reserve

Pyrite

Pyrite

Estimate:

800

to
- 1,200 USD

Lot sold:

8,190

USD

Sold Without Reserve

Pyrite

Navajun, La Rioja, Spain


Overall size 34.0 x 24.0 x 24.0 cm. A stunning matrix specimen featuring numerous interpenetrating euhedral cubic pyrite crystals of pale gold color and high luster. With custom lucite base.


Iron Sulfide (FeS2), well known as the infamous “fool’s gold” and a prime commercial source of both sulfur and iron, is highly coveted by collectors intrigued by the lustrous, cubic and complex modified crystals that form both alone and in association with other minerals in rare conditions. Notable discoveries include Navajun, Spain and the Huanzala deposit in Peru, both very well represented in this collection.


The extraordinary pyrite deposits of Navajun have been known and worked since at least 300 B.C. when the ancient local inhabitants prized the perfect golden cubes for their purported magical powers.

In good condition, with scattered minor contacts.


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