Dims: 3.2 x 1.8 x 1.3" (8.1 x 4.6 x 3.3 cm)
Wt: 2.74 oz. (77.8 g)
Santa Catarina, Brazil
This specimen consists of some of the most unusual Chalcopyrite formations that I have ever seen. These formations likely started out as intergrown crystals that rest on the epidote-laden base of this small hand specimen. These crystals likely decayed through some process to create these nearly skeletal formations. There is some crystal form evident, but most of the surfaces are so warped and uneven that finding actual damage is difficult. The Chalcopyrite has the standard deep golden color and metallic luster of its species. It is accompanied by 4 quartz crystals, two of which are heavily damaged and incomplete. The base material seems to be made up primarily of intergrown epidote druses that are made up of many small, thin needle-like crystals.