This piece glitters! Stunning color contrast of green Siderite “Blades” with brassy iridescent Chalcopyrite, whitish Calcite, and gray Tetrahedrite crystals in this specimen. Several of the Siderite blades are at least 0.5 inch long. The Calcite crystals are flattened and translucent. The luster of the Siderite is vitreous while the Chalcopyrite and Tetrahedrite have a brilliant metallic luster.
SIDERITE is an iron carbonate mineral. It is usually found as brown to tan rhombohedrons. The green blades of Siderite in this piece are very rare! It belongs to the Trigonal crystal system. Hardness is 3.5 – 4.5 on the Mohs Scale.
CHALCOPYRITE is a copper, iron sulfide mineral. It is a major ore of copper. It belongs to the Tetragonal crystal system. Hardness is 3.5 – 4 on the Mohs Scale.
TETRAHEDRITE is a complex sulfide mineral containing copper, iron, zinc and antimony. It belongs to the Isometric crystal system. Hardness is 3.5 – 4 on the Mohs Scale.
CALCITE is a calcium carbonate mineral. It can be found in as many as 300 different forms. It belongs to the Trigonal crystal system. Hardness is 3 on the Mohs Scale.
Location: Hezhang County, Bijie Prefecture, Guizhou Province, China
Specimen size: 3.4 x 3.5 x 1.6 inch; Small-Cabinet size
Specimen weight: 1 lbs 2.3 oz
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