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Pyrite on Calcite Bevels, #4 of 4

Pyrite on Calcite Bevels, #4 of 4 | Crystal Persuasion | Scoop.it
My favorite photo of this magnificent specimen. Love the line play for these natural geometric wonders. The preceeding images show the details of this amazing crystal structure and growth pattern. I've never seen anything like it. If you are a "rock person" you will really enjoy seeing the large views on each of the four photos in my stream.
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Brilliant Herkimer Diamonds

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Brilliant Herkimer Diamonds - On a dark matrix, these gemmy Herkimer diamonds shine brilliantly, seen at the Tucson Rock and Gem Show. Shot through glass (and not being allowed to have a tripod) this image took many attempts before a fun result. The shine is so bright that any colors nearby are reflected. The very large quartz crystals make this a magnificent specimen displayed by Fine Minerals International. The entire piece measures about four inches tall.
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Osumilite

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Osumilite - Funtanafigu Quarry, Marrubiu, Mt. Arci, Oristano Province, Sardinia, Italy

5.9 mm group of Osumilite crystals. Ex Livio Carloni Collection. Collection & Photo Matteo Chinellato


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Nature Perfect

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A prized specimen of pyrite in a cubic crystal form, my collection. I was lucky to buy this from a Middle Eastern dealer at the Tucson Rock and Gem show this year, and for a low price near the end of the show. This large pyrite crystal measures 7/8" long and seems perfectly formed. The matrix is limestone and you can see a tiny bit of another pyrite crystal at the back of the specimen near the center top. That one measures 3/8" Getting this photo was quite a trick. I put it on a cardboard box and shot it in early morning light outdoors. I was wearing a green t-shirt and that gives the slight green glow on the face of the crystal towards the front view. I had to be careful how I positioned myself for the crystal is so smooth and perfect it reflects everything. On the face of the crystal to the right in this image, you can see how it reflects the limestone at far right. For a few other views of neat specimens of pyrite, see these two images of pyrite (museum quality) that I don't own but was lucky enough to find and photograph: Calcite crystals with pyrite on the bevels: www.flickr.com/photos/cobalt/96749647/ Pyrite discs (dollars): www.flickr.com/photos/cobalt/91712254/ Pyrite "dust": www.flickr.com/photos/cobalt/95664304/
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Vanadinite Crystals, Morocco

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Vanadinite Crystals, Morocco - A very nice specimen of large vanadinite crystals displayed by Fine Minerals Internations at the Tucson Rock and Gem Show. Shot through glass, handheld, this image barely does justice to the vivid color and glow of these chunky crystals. From El Kwal, Mibladene, Midelt, Khenifra Province.
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