Quartz on Pyrite ex. Hauck Quartz Coll.

Huanzala Mine, Huallanca, Huallanca District, Bolognesi Province, Ancash, Peru
Large Cabinet, 29.5 x 11.9 x 6.5 cm
Start Time: 06/13/2009 6:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 06/23/2009 6:15:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

A magnificent specimen that is great in part simply because of its size?.as long as a ruler, and with clear, sparkling quartz points to 5 cm shooting off from an unlikely extended stalk of pyrite crystals. Actually it is not a stalactite, though it looks it from the front. The pyrite covers a solid rock core, so the piece is stable despite its size and length. This was a natural stalk, or cap of a pocket extension that barely attached to the host wall, as it is crystallized around 3 sides with doubly-terminated quartzes even overhanging at one side edge. The piece is nearly pristine...if you take a miscroscope you will find a few broken minor quartzes of no significance, but I am talking 2 out of 100 crystals here. And there is NO detracting ding or damage to any major quartz crystal, or to the pyrite itself. I am just shocked something like this came out and survived. It was purchased by Dick Hauck for his well-known quartz collection, about 20 years ago. Valued $2500-3000...although I'll also say I have not seen the like turn up, for its size, and so it could be worth more to some folks. The quality is there...the size is a bonus.

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