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Chalcopyrite with Sphalerite
stock #7.AE-260
Huaron Mines, Huaron Mining District, San jose de Huayllay District
Pasco Department, Peru
6.3 x 5.4 x 1.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $290


Large well-formed Chalcopyrite crystals surround sharp, bright lustrous black Sphalerites. Ex Gene Meieran collection, this is in excellent condition, from Huaron. An earlier label gives an incorrect locality however this is classic for the mine. The largest complete Chalcopyrite crystal is 4.4 CM across. The display face of this piece is remarkable in that it is undamaged. Chalcopyrite is a very delicate mineral and larger crystals almost always have some "issues". The Sphalerite crystals are complete and undamaged as well, what may look like breakage in some photos is simply complex stepped faces that have epitaxial structures.

Chalcopyrite on Sphalerite
stock #13.1-200
Huaron Mines, Huaron Mining District, San jose de Huayllay District
Pasco Department, Peru
6.9 x 5.1 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $500
new year 2021

two large, well formed and complete Chalcopyrite crystals perched esthetically on a crystallized Sphalerite matrix. While Chalcopyrite is not a rare mineral, very good crystals like these are very uncommon. These are in perfect undamaged condition reaching 4.3 CM and having a fine brassy patina, these are classic textbook crystals. On several faces are a sprinkle of tiny bright golden Pyrite crystals that add a nice sparkle. From Huaron Mining district of Peru this specimen is more than 20 years old, a fine heavy Sulfide piece that looks great from most any angle.

SOLD Chalcopyrite - coated by Bornite, classic Cornish
stock #SOLD 1022-JM-4033
Carn Brea Mine, Pool, Carn Brea
Cornwall, England
8.8 x 7.2 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $0


A choice old Carn Brea (Cornwall) specimen of Chalcopyrite crystals in Tetrahedral form, well coated with a dark Bornite. Excellent pedigree, previous collections include AK Borland, Brian Lloyd and John Marshall (labels etc included). The matrix is mostly Quartz with some pinkish crystals and some areas of Pyrite. The Chalcopyrites are quite sharp, up to 1.4 CM these are protected in two main vugs so most are in quite good condition. Some minor chipping is noted under loupe inspection, overall displays and looks clean. This mine has long ago vanished but over 100 years ago it produced some great Bornite and Chalcopyrite. A nice specimen from a significant locality in Cornwall.

Chalcopyrite on Calcite
stock #16.1-480-(CN4124)
Concepcion del Oro
Zacatecas, Mexico
9.7 x 7.4 x 6.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $880
Spring 2020

A large scalenohedral Calcite crystal is encrusted with Chalcopyrite crystals many of which are dusted with sparkling drusy Quartz. The Chalcopyrite is mostly coated with dark Bornite patina which makes a strong contrast as well. Aside from a few very small bruises the Chalcopyrite is in fine condition, has classic good form and overall is a very esthetic example from this famed locale. Ex Charles M Noll collection, I have never seen a better example from Concepcion del Oro, and this is a super esthetic Chalcopyrite from anyplace.

Chalcopyrite with Galena and Sphalerite
stock #AX-22-137
Borieva Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
10.8 x 7.7 x 6.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $2600


Great Chalcopyrite crystals are remarkably rare, these are superb, sharp and quite large. Set on a "melted" Galena matrix with scattered crystals of Sphalerite, the Chalcopyrites are perfect, no chips, cracks or any damage. These have a nice patina and dark brassy color that sets off the well defined striations. Textbook perfect forms these show both single crystals and twins in fine detail. We try to grab any great Chalcopyrite crystals from this region. I believe they are some of the best ever found when they are this well defined. In person this is especially impressive and it is one of the most esthetic we have seen. Individual crystals are just under 5 CM, and the contrast with the matrix is strong. This specimen is also a "floater" it is crystalized all around and displays fine from most any angle.

Chalcopyrite with Quartz
stock #6.2-843
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
4.3 x 3.8 x 3.1 CM (miniature)
price: $290
Spring 2019

We do not see many good Chalcopyrites from Yaogangxian, although it was a common mineral there. This is an excellent, complete cluster of fine sharp crystals in outstanding condition. Very well-defined striations, good patina and esthetic composition, this is all in all a choice piece. For a quite common mineral good Chalcopyrites crystals of this size are rare.

Chalcopyrite with Galena, Pyrite and Calcite
stock #16.1-684
Rodna, Rodna Mountains
Bistrita-Nasaud County, Romania
8.9 x 6.4 x 4 CM (cabinet)
price: $225
Worldwide mix summer

From an older European collection, these are well formed, fine Chalcopyrites with some complex Galena all dusted with Calcites. The original label lists this as from Rodna, but it is unlike any other example we have seen from the locale, and unlike any of the better known Romanian localities (Cavnic, Turt etc). As often happens with old collections we can not always fully trust the locality information, but if correct this is especially fine for the locality and a significant older Roumanian piece with character. Undamaged. The Chalcopyrites reach 2.6 CM and are textbook sharp.

Chalcopyrite on Sphalerite w. Pyrite-
stock #AX-19-098
Casapalca Mine, Casapalca, Huarochiri Province
Lima Department, Peru
9.8 x 7.2 x 5.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $480
new june 17

An outstanding cabinet display piece of fine, large (to 4.5 CM) crystals of iridescent Chalcopyrite on contrasting Sphalerite. Although Chalcopyrite is a common mineral, great crystals especially large ones are surprisingly rare. The patina and metallic color play make this especially attractive. An older Casapalca specimen in fine condition overall, with a few small chips mostly on outer edges. As Chalcopyrite is very brittle it is rare to have such large crystals in this fine condition.