Dims: 3.0 x 2.9 x 1.8" (7.6 x 7.4 x 4.6 cm)
Wt: 10.2 oz. (290 g)
This small hand specimen consists of a rather odd-looking Pyrrhotite formation that is accompanied by quartz and other sulfides. The formation appears to consist of several hexagonal Pyrrhotite "books" that formed very near to each other, and so became heavily intergrown as they grew. They still have noticeable hexagonal form, however, and the formation is generally in very good condition, as there is only a small amount of damage visible. It has the standard deep golden, almost brown coloration and dull metallic to submetallic luster that are standard for this mineral. Accompanying the Pyrrhotite are many hexagonal prismatic quartz crystals that form a thin crust. These crystals do not exceed 0.7" (1.8 cm) in length and are generally in very good condition, though a few are noticeably damaged. Resting on the quartz and adjacent to the Pyrrhotite are 4 galena and several chalcopyrite crystals. The galenas occur in what appears to be a cubo-octahedral form, but the fact that they are heavily warped makes this difficult to determine. They have the standard dark silver-gray coloration and a metallic luster that is brighter than that I usually see on undamaged crystals. The chalcopyrites are heavily intergrown and obscured by the galena and quartz, but appear to have a sphenoidal form. They have the standard deep golden coloration and metallic luster.