4.2" Tall, Natural Pyrite Cube In Rock - Navajun, Spain
This is a shiny, natural, cubic pyrite crystal clust still partially embedded in the rock from the famous Victoria Mine near Navajun, Spain. It has a wonderful, golden metallic luster and is formed naturally. There are four cubes in the cluster the largest of which is 1.25" wide. Including the rock the entire cluster measures 4.2" tall, not including the rock 2.7" tall.
The rock has been painstakingly removed from around the cubes using mechanical tools and the pieces sits up nicely on a flat surface. The cubes have not been repaired or remounted, though there is some stabilization to the matrix around them.
The pyrite deposit of "Ampliación a Victoria" is located 3km northwest from Navajún town, in the Alcarama mountain chain. The history of mining in the area goes back to Romans mining for silver. Modern galena mining led to the discovery of the pyrite in 1965, and since then specimens from this locality have been sought out by collectors world wide. The largest crystal to-date was over 19cm and weighed 9.5kg.
FeS2, otherwise known as Pyrite, or 'Fool's Gold' contains about 47 percent iron and 53 percent sulfur. It gets the name 'fool's gold' because of its brassy golden color, however; the name pyrite comes from the Greek word pur meaning "fire." In ancient times pyrite was struck against flint to create sparks and start fires.