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Minerals from Peru

 

This update is more sulfide-intensive than the previous Peruvian update.  Peru, particularly in the 1980's was the source of literally tons of sulfide specimens.   While there, I tried to select pieces that differed from the usual masses and jumbles of tetrahedrite, pyrite, and chalcopyrite.  Many of the sulfides on this page are from finds made over the last few years, and in my opinion were (for the most part) better than the usual.

 

 

 


 

PRU1 Rhodochrosite

Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Prov., Lima Dept., Peru

5.1x 3.1x 4.1 cm

$580

 

A beautiful miniature specimen, hosting numerous scalenohedral crystals of gemmy red rhodochrosite that have the best color for Peru.  This specimen is from a pocket encountered a few years ago-- this is the pocket that produced most of the better specimens currently on the market.  None has been found since.

 


 

 

PRU2 Huebnerite, Quartz, Fucshite

Pasto Bueno, Pallasca Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru

9.6x 3.4x 2.6 cm

$850

 

A double temrinated cluster of huebnerite crystals, aesthetically perched on a cluster of double terminated quartz crystals.  There is also a small amount of light green fuchsite mica, that contrasts nicely with the reddish huebneite. 

I apologize for the hand in all the pictures, but as this is a longer specimen I did not want to risk it tipping over and hitting the glass table.

All in all, this is an excellent, damage free, example of the species from the recent finds at Nuevo Mundo.  For the size, this is about as good as it gets for the species.

 


 

 

PRU3 Pyrite ps. Pyrrhotite, Siderite on Galena

Pachapaqui Distr., Bolognesi Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru

6.1x 5.1x 3.7 cm             

$500

 

 

This is a very interesting specimen, consisting of a crystalline galena matrix hosting two pyrrhotite prisms that have completely pseudomorphed to pyrite.  There is also a small ball of siderite on the bottom right of the specimen.  Damage free.

 

 


 

 

PRU4 Barite, Galena, Sphalerite

Huancavelica Dept., Peru

7.8x 4.0x 4.2 cm             

$365

 

A stunning combination specimen from Peru, with four barite rosettes perched on the edge of a matrix that also contains numerous galena and sphalerite crystals.  This is an exceptionally beautiful piece illustrating a barite habit that is less common from Peru; these days it seems that the only available Peruvian barites are the transparent crystals from Miraflores (see below).

 


 

PRU5 Barite

Cerro Warihuyn, 2 hours walk from Miraflores, Huamalias. Huanuco, Peru

5.0x 4.0x 3.5 cm             

$225

 

A beautiful, gemmy, and thick barite crystal perched on the edge of its matrix.  I visited the the locality, and purchased this specimen in the nearest town.  The specimen is excellent, but the winding mountain roads leading into the town were not.....

 


 

 

PRU6 Calcite with Sphalerite

Pachapaqui Mine, Bolognesi Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru

6.3x 5.0x 4.0 cm             

$175

 

A specimen hosting numerous prismatic calcite crystals that are associated with sphalerite. This combination of habit and association is not often seen from peru.  Much better in person.

 


 

 

PRU7 Calcite incl. Hematite

Racracancha Mine, Tinyahuarco Dist,. Pasco prov., Cero De Pasco Dept., Peru

10.5x 5.8x 3.4 cm             

$140

 

A cluster of spiky calcite crystals, lightly included with hematite that gives them a reddish coloration.

 


 

 

PRU8 Calcite incl. Hematite

Racracancha Mine, Tinyahuarco Dist,. Pasco prov., Cero De Pasco Dept., Peru

6.8x 5.5x 3.8 cm             

 

 

Another specimen similar to the above, though with more intense color.

 


 

 

PRU9 Realgar and Orpiment 

Paloma Mine, Castrovirreina Prov., Huancavelica Dept., Peru

4.3x 3.1x 2.4 cm        

$100

 

A lovely "ketchup and mustard" realgar and orpiment combination from the find made about 2 years ago.  Orpiment has been known from Peru for years, but until this find, the country had produced next to nothing in the area of realgar.

 


 

 

PRU10 Sphalerite (GEM!) Rhodochrosite, Quartz

Pachapaqui Mine, Bolognesi Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru

3.5x 3.3x 1.2 cm             

$165

 

This update is full of specimens with unusual associations, but this piece has by far one of the strangest. 

This specimen combines yellow gem sphalerites with rhodochrosite, making for a lustorus specimen with a beautiful color contrast.

 


 

 

PRU11 Garnet var. Andradite

Quebrada Rio Seco, Pisco Prov., Ica Dept., Peru

2.7x 2.0x 1.5 cm             

$70

 

An excellent garnet thubmnail that is unusually sharp and aesthetic for a Peruvian garnet.

 


 

 

PRU12 Siderite on Chalcopyrite

Julcani Dist., Angaraes Prov., Huancavelica Prov., Peru

9.5x 6.0x 5.3 cm             

$230

 

A beautiful Peruvian siderite specimen, with many honey-cololed rhombs nested in a matrix of chalcopyrite tetrahedrons.

 

 


 

 

PRU13 Arsenopyrite, Pyrrhotite

Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Peru

4.3x 3.3x 3.5 cm             

$285

 

An example of classic Huanzala material, consisting of a cluster of pyrhotite crystals that have been coated and pseudomorphed by reticulated arsenopyrite.

The pyrrhotite crystals are more distinct in person, and the reticulated arsenopyrite is quite impressive under the loupe.

 


 

 

PRU14 Pyrite on Quartz

Pachapaqui Mine, Bolognesi Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru

8.3x 5.7x 2.2 cm             

$95

 

A beautiful cabinet specimen, consisting of a plate of quartz crystals interspersed with numerous sharp, striated pyrites.

 


 

 

PRU15 Galena, Sphalerite on Quartz

Paloma Mine, Castrovirreina Prov., Huancavelica Dept., Peru

9.7x 7.1x 4.2 cm 

$220

 

An excellent cabinet Peruvien Galena, with numerous flattened galena crystals sharing a matrix with a couple sphalerite crystals.

This specimen is considerably better in person, and the flattened nature of the crystals makes it quite unusual.

The Paloma mine is the same one that produced the recent realgar/ orpiment combinations (see below.)

 


 

 

PRU16 Pyrite on Quartz

Huaron Mines, Cerro de Pasco, Daniel Alcaldes Carrion Prov., Peru

5.1x 4.8x 3.5 cm             

$165

 

A stunning pyrite quartz combination that stands out among the tons of pyrite that have come from Peru.  It consists of a cluster of very sharp pyrites, over which have grown numerous terminated quartz crystals.  This is a superb miniature, and a beautiful example of Peruvian pyrite.

 


 

 

PRU17 Siderite, Galena, Pyrite ps. Pyrrhotite

Pachapaqui Distr., Bolognesi Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru

5.7x 4.8x 4.0 cm             

$165

 

This specimen is the inverse of PRU3, and from the same find.  In this specimen, the focus is the siderite ball, and it shares a matrix with a pyrite ps. pyrhottite pseudomorph.  The matrix is covered with blocky galena crystals.

 


 

 

PRU18 Tetrahedrite, Galena, Quartz

Quiruvilca Dist., Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru

5.2x 4.8x 2.6 cm             

$135

 

A nice tetrahedrite/galena combination specimen, associated with a small sprat of quartz crystals.

 


 

 

PRU19 Tetrahedite coated with Bournonite

Pasto Bueno, Pallasca Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru

3.4x 3.0x 2.9 cm             

$150

New Find!

A compound tetrahedrite crystal from a new find at the Nuevo Mundo Mine.  The tetrahedrite's faces are covered with small bournonite crystals.

 


 

 

PRU20 Pyrite with Sphalerite

Morococha District, Yauli Province, Junín Department, Peru

12.3x 6.7x 2.3 cm             

$225

 

A cabinet specimen hosting numerous pyrite crystals that have grown over sphalerite crystals.

We have all seen hundreds (if not thousands) of pyrites specimens from Peru, but the spahlerite layer gives this one a very different appearance.  The image of the dark sphalerite reflects off the many pyrite faces, giving the specimen a dark yet highly lustrous appearance.  Much better in person.

 


 

 

PRU21 Pyrite, Sphalerite

Morococha District, Yauli Province, Junín Department, Peru

9.8x 7.0x 3.6 cm             

$165

 

A cabinet specimen hosting numerous pyrite crystals that have grown over sphalerite crystals.

We have all seen hundreds (if not thousands) of pyrites specimens from Peru, but the spahlerite layer gives this one a very different appearance.  The image of the dark sphalerite reflects off the many pyrite faces, giving the specimen a dark yet highly lustrous appearance.  Much better in person-- you can actually see the individual crystals.

Unfortunately, the many reflections make it difficult to appreciate the specimen.

 

 


 

 

PRU22 Galena on Quartz

Paloma Mine, Castrovirreina Prov., Huancavelica Dept., Peru

10.2x 8.2x 3.5 cm             

$185

 

A beautiful Peruvian galena specimen, with several slightly etched galena crystals nested in a matrix of quartz crystals.

 

 


 

 

PRU23 Calcite incl. (Boulangerite?)

Huinac mine (Winac mine), La Merced, Huaraz, Aija Province, Ancash Department, Peru

3.3x 2.8x 1.9 cm             

$85

 

An odd calcite, darkened by inclusions of another (unidentified) mineral.  The calcite is fluorescent.

 


 

 

PRU24 Pyrite on Pyrite

Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru

4.9x 4.2x 3.5 cm             

$145

 

Here is another odd pyrite.  Although it is hard to see from the pictures, this specimen is actually a cubic crystal that has been overgrown on all faces by a thin layer of dodecahedral pyrites. 

The net effect is a pyrite cube that appears to be composed of hundred of smaller pyrite crystals.

 


 

 

PRU25 Galena, Sphalerite on Quartz

Paloma Mine, Castrovirreina Prov., Huancavelica Dept., Peru

6.7x 5.7x 4.8 cm             

$170

 

An excellent miniature specimen of Peruvian galena.  This specimen is considerably more three dminesnional than it appears in the photographs, with numerous flattened galena crystals rising straight out of the matrix.  There is also a sphalerite crystal on the quartz as well.

 


 

 

PRU26 Galena, Quartz, Orpiment

Paloma Mine, Castrovirreina Prov., Huancavelica Dept., Peru

6.6x 4.5x 3.5 cm             

$90

 

An unusual galena/ orpiment combination from the Paloma Mine.  The orpiment and galena share a matrix composed of hundreds of quartz crystals.

 


 

 

 

PRU27 Epidote

Pampa Blanca Mine, Castrovirreina Prov., Huancavelica Dept., Peru

4.3x 3.0x 2.9 cm             

$90

 

A beautiful miniature epidote specimen, consisting of a spray of terminated epidoes rising out of a matrix  coated with many small quartz crystals

 



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