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Pyromorphite with Stolzite
stock #21.1-275
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
5.8 x 4.3 x 3.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $425
Late Summer 2021

A rich, classic Pyromorphite specimen with several areas of orange Stolzites in tiny crystals. There are two generations of light and darker brown Pyro crystals reaching over 3 CM, all are quite glassy. As can be seen there are a number of broken crystals though several are complete. The Pyromorphites are in a jumbled mix resting on a small zone of matrix where the Stolzites are located. The Stolzite and some of the lighter Pyromorphite are fluorescent in long to mid range UV. The damage on this piece keeps it from being far more costly, but it is still an attractive Australian Pyro, the damage can be minimized by display angle. Nearly every Broken Hill piece we have handled has had at least some tip damage on close inspection, it seems they grew in small voids where extraction was difficult due to contact with the pocket walls. These crystals are all transparent to translucent with bright luster. This still looks quite nice but not for perfectionists. However with the Stolzites added this is a rare and desirable association.