Dims: 3.0" x 1.2" x 1.8"(7.6 x 3.0 x 4.6 cm)
Wt: 4.50 oz.(127.8 g.)
Carson Hill Mine, Calaveras County, California, U.S.A.
This specimen reminds me very much of the cubic Pyrite crystals that come out of Spain, with its whitish, finely-grained matrix rock. However, the similarity ends with more than a casual glance. The limestone matrix is not nearly as finely-grained, and the crystals have a pyritohedral shape instead of a cubic one. There are two crystals visible; the larger one has visible dimensions of 1.1 x 0.6"(2.8 x 1.5 cm) and the smaller has those of 0.3 x 0.4"(8 x 10 mm). They are undamaged by human forces, and what could be construded as damage is confined to one edge and one corner of the larger crystal. Needless to say, they have the pale yellow coloration, metallic luster, and striated faces that are common in Pyrite. I have not seen such a pleasant setting before. These are definitely natural in origin and have not been placed in or broken and glued in. One could have a little bit of fun exposing both crystals a bit more- I personally love such projects.