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This is the only Pyrite Sun that I own. I bought it several years ago from the back room stock of one of our old retail locations. I think that I found the most symmetrical one that they had- it is not quite perfectly round, but it is pretty close. The initial point of formation is not quite centered within the Sun, but I am not complaining. It has a diameter of just about 3", or 7.6 cm. I have found it increasingly hard to find such symmetrical pieces at shows.

This small onyx mask was given to me by a dear friend with whom I have not spoken in far too long a time! It comes from the Yucatan area of Mexico, and is not more than 100 years old. He brought it out about 25-30 years ago, along with many larger masks and all sorts of awesome stuff. Such masks were an integral part of the burial ceremonies of the old Mexican Indian religions, and are still used- the locals there have created a "hybrid religion", blending some of the old ways with modern Christianity.

I bought this Smithsonite piece at a local mineral show for what I thought was a laughably low price, given its formation. The mineral obviously formed a crust around some protrusion (maybe a calcite or gypsum stalactite, even) which subsequently dissolved or eroded away. I call it "the mitten", as it has a stubby, almost thumb-like projection off of one side. Its dimensions are aout 2.9 x 2.5 x 1.0" (7.4 x 6.4 x 2.5 cm), so it is of a reasonably good size. It has a pretty good pale pink color, too, though that is somewhat difficult to see.

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