Dims: 4.4 x 2.2 x 1.3" (11.2 x 5.6 x 3.3 cm)
Wt: 6.4 oz. (182 g)
Huaron Mine, Ancash Department, Peru
Several warped and partly-intergrown Sphalerites rest on the quartzite base of this specimen. These Sphalerites do not exceed 0.5" along any visible axis and are in generally fair condiiton, as many are broken or damaged. Their octahedral form is still well-defined in some places, though, and all have straight edges and clean faces that possess a nearly metallic luster. This luster may be caused by a thin layer of chalcopyrite that partly coats almost every Sphalerite, giving them a golden color in places. A few chalcopyrite crystals accompany them, along with many small quartz crystals, a few tiny, white calcite nodules, and a small amount of galena.