Museum Quality Pyrite Cube Cluster In Matrix - Spain
There are 10 natural pyrite cubes, the largest being 1.55" wide. The entire cluster is 6.5" tall, 4.7" Incredible luster on the cubes and the piece sits up nicely on it's own for display in many orientations.
Like all of these pieces from the mine, there is repair and stabalization work to the matrix, as the cubes typically come loose during collection. But the pyrite cubes are in their original positions in the rock and it is not a composite.
The pyrite deposit of "Ampliación a Victoria" is located 3km northwest from Navajún town, in the Alcarama mountain chain. The history of mining in the area goes back to Romans mining for silver. Modern galena mining led to the discovery of the pyrite in 1965, and since then specimens from this locality have been sought out by collectors world wide. The largest crystal to-date was over 19cm and weighed 9.5kg.
FeS2, otherwise known as Pyrite, or 'Fool's Gold' contains about 47 percent iron and 53 percent sulfur. It gets the name 'fool's gold' because of its brassy golden color, however; the name pyrite comes from the Greek word pur meaning "fire." In ancient times pyrite was struck against flint to create sparks and start fires.