Dims: 1.3 x 1.1 x 0.5" (3.3 x 2.8 x 1.3 cm)
Wt: 21.4 g w/ specimen box
Verkhnee Mine, Dalnegorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia
At least 20 hexagonal tabular Pyrrhotite crystals make up this thumbnail specimen. These crystals are generally in very good condition. Some of them are obviously incomplete, but I find it strange that their breakage surfaces do not appear to be either fresh or rough- they may have broken and healed prior to mining. All have excellent form, with well-defined edges and slightly concave but clean faces that possess a dull metallic luster. Their color ranges from a pale, dull gold to dark brown, and there are areas which show a blue iridescence due to some type of coating. There appears to be a dull white calcitic crust coating a small portion of the specimen, but there is no host or base rock. It is glued into a plastic specimen box.