Magnetite with Chalcopyrite and Galena

Aggeneys, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 5.4 x 4.5 cm
Start Time: 09/14/2009 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/29/2009 6:47:27 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Large and very sharp, euhedral Magnetite crystal on Galena and Chalcopyrite ore matrix. The Magnetite is an amazing 2.8 cm across, and has very good luster and beautiful complex form. A small bit of contacting and edge wear on the crystal does not really detract at all in context. This is a MAJOR magnetite for the species, for its bizarre complex crystal habit. In fact, it is quite remarkable that a well-formed Magnetite this size is in as good a condition as it is. Certainly, one of the best I have seen from Aggeneys, from which scarce material only comes out. In fact, other than in Charlie Key's collection, from which this came, I have not seen any good example for sale from this mine beyond the occasional rhodochrosite

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