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Posted by Rock Currier  
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July 14, 2010 10:53AM
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Pyrite
United Kingdon
England, Co. Durham, North Pennines, Weardale, Ireshopeburn, Blackdene Mine

Pyrite on Calcite, ~13cm wide©



Pyrite
United Kingdom
England, Co. Durham, North Pennines, Weardale, Stanhope, Greenfoot Quarry

Pyrite cut & polished 6.4cm wide© Lloyd Llewellyn



Pyrite
United Kingdom
England, Co. Durham, North Pennines, Weardale, Westgate, Cambokeels Mine (Cammock Isle Mine; Cumnock Isle Mine; Cammock Eals Mine)

Pyrite on Quartz & Fluorite 11cm wide© HW



Pyrite
United Kingdom
England, Co. Durham, North Pennines, Weardale, Westgate, Heights Quarry

Pyrite 2.5cm wide© HW



Pyrite
United Kingdom
England, Cornwall, Camborne - Redruth - St Day District

Pyite ~7cm tall©



Pyrite
United Kingdom
England, Cornwall, Camborne - Redruth - St Day District, Cornwall, Gwennap area, Baldhu, Wheal Jane (Falmouth Consolidated Mines)

Pyrite ~7cm tall©
Pyrite & Marcasite on Quartz 8cm wide© J.Ralph
Pyrite on Quartz 10cm wide© P Trebilcock.


Pyrite
United Kingdom
England, Cornwall, Liskeard District, Menheniot Area, Menheniot, Wheal Mary Ann

Pyrite and Calcite ~12cm wide©



Pyrite
United Kingdom
England, Cornwall, St Agnes District, St Agnes, Perranporth - St Agnes Area, West Wheal Kitty group

Pyrite ~8cm wide©



Pyrite
United Kingdom
England, Cumbria, North and Western Region (Cumberland), North Pennines, Alston Moor District, Nenthead, Brownley Hill Mine (Bloomsberry Horse Level)

Pyrite & Ankerite 2.5cm wide© HW



Pyrite
United Kingdom
England, Cumbria, North and Western Region (Cumberland), North Pennines, Alston Moor District, Nenthead, Rampgill Mine

Pyrite ~20cm wide© Dr Stephen Moreton



Pyrite
United Kingdom
England, Cumbria, North and Western Region (Cumberland), North Pennines, Alston Moor District, Nenthead, Smallcleugh Mine

Pyrite after fluorite and Quartz 9.6cm wide© HW
Pyrite crystals up to 1.5cm wide© HW


Pyrite
United Kingdom
England, Devon, Dartmoor & Teign Valley District, North-Eastern Dartmoor, Hennock, Great Rock Mine

Pyrite & Quartz ~10cm wide©



Pyrite
United Kingdom
England, Devon, Tavistock District

Pyrite ~4cm wide©



Pyrite
United Kingdom
England, Devon, Tavistock District, Whitchurch, Buckland Monachorum, Virtuous Lady Mine

Pyrite after Siderite? ~18cm tall©



Pyrite
United Kingdom
England, Dorset, Charmouth, Charmouth Beach

Pyrite, no size given but not large
Pyrite after ammonite© Chris Popham


Pyrite
United Kingdom
England, South Gloucestershire (Bristol; Avon), hipping Sodbury District, Hampstead Farm Quarry

Pyrite 5cm wide© Steve Rust



Pyrite
United Kingdom
England, Staffordshire, Ecton, East Ecton Mine

Pyrite ~7cm wide©



Pyrite
United Kingdom
England, West Sussex, Climping Beach

Pyrite in flint nodule ~16cm wide© J.Ralph 2006



Pyrite
United Kingdom
Wales, Gwynedd (Caernarvonshire), Bethesda, Penrhyn Slate Quarry

Pyrite in/on shale 1.2cm wide© Ian Jones



Pyrite
United States
Arizona, Cochise Co. Mule Mts, Warren District, Bisbee, Cole Mine (Cole shaft; Cole No. 3)

Pyrite, largest crystal is 2.1cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
Arizona, Pinal Co., Pinal Mts, Pioneer District, Superior, Magma Mine (Magma Superior Mine; Irene claim; Hub claim; Pomeroy; Superior Division; Silver Queen; Monarch claim; Magma Copper Mine; Broken Hill; Apex)

Pyrite & Quartz 7cm wide© 2002 John H. Betts
Pyrite 3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Pyrite 3.2cm © Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite ~7.5cm wide©



Pyrite
United States
Arizona, Pinal Co., San Manuel District, San Manuel, San Manuel Mine (Apex Lead & Vanadium Mining Corp Mine; Quarelli group)

Pyrite 2.5cm wide



Pyrite
United States
Arkansas, Hot Spring Co., Magnet Cove, Jones Mill (Martin Marietta) Quarry (Highway 51 Quarry; Mid-State Quarry)

Pyrite, largest crystal ~1cm wide© C. Stefano '09



Pyrite
United States
California, Inyo Co., Darwin District, Darwin, Thompson Mine

Pyrite crystals in drill core 5cm tall© WWB

An underground silver and base metal mine better known for it interesting tan Scheelite crystals.



Pyrite
United States
Colorado, Clear Creek Co., Alice District, Alice Mine, Alice Glory Hole

Pyrite 3.7cm wide© Dan Weinrich



Pyrite
United States
Colorado, Dolores Co., Rico District (Pioneer District)

Pyrite 7.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
Colorado, Dolores Co., Rico District (Pioneer District), C.H.C. Hill, Mountain Springs Mine (Rico Argentine)

Pyrite, 5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
Colorado, Dolores Co., Rico District (Pioneer District), Expectation Mountain, Jones Mine (St. Louis claim)

Pyrite 6cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
Colorado, Dolores Co., Rico District (Pioneer District),Rico

Pyrite 7cm tall© Dan Weinrich
Pyrite 3.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
Colorado, Dolores Co., Rico District (Pioneer District), Silver Creek, Rico Argentine Mine

Pyrite 11cm tall© 2001 John H. Betts



Pyrite
United States
Colorado, Dolores Co., Rico District (Pioneer District), St. Louis Tunnel (Rico Argentine)

Pyrite 6.1cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite 9.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
Colorado, Eagle Co., Gilman District (Battle Mountain District; Red Cliff District)

Pyrite 4cm wide© 2001 John H. Betts
Pyrite 6cm wide© 2002 John H. Betts


Pyrite 8.4cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite & Sphalerite 5.3cm tall© Rob Lavinsky


Pyrite 5.2cm wide© fabreminerals.com



Pyrite
United States
Colorado, Eagle Co., Gilman District (Battle Mountain District; Red Cliff District), Gilman, Eagle Mine

Pyrite 4.1cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite 12.2cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Pyrite ~5cm wide©
Pyrite ~5cm tall©


Pyrite 10cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite 8.7cm wide© Dan Weinrich


A prolific producer of pyrite specimens and probably the largest producer of pyrite specimens in the last half of the 20th century in the United states. Occasionally little greenish apatites were found growing on the pyrites.
[Rock Currier 2010]

Pyrite
United States
Colorado, Eagle Co., Gilman District (Battle Mountain District; Red Cliff District), Wyoming Mine

Pyrite, iron cross twin 1.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
Colorado, Gilpin Co., Central City District

Pyrite on Sphalerite 3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
Colorado, Gilpin Co., Central City District, Patch Mine (Glory Hole Mine)

Pyrite 1.5cm tall© 2000 John H. Betts
Pyrite & Sphalerite 4.2cm© Weinrich Minerals



Pyrite
United States
Colorado, Lake Co., Climax District, Climax, Climax Mine (Climax Open Pit Mine)

Pyrite 3.5cm wide© 2002 John H. Betts



Pyrite
United States
Colorado, Lake Co., Leadville District

Pyrite 9.6cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite 7cm tall© 2001 John H. Betts


Pyrite ~10cm wide©



Pyrite
United States
Colorado, Lake Co., Leadville District, Leadville, Breece Hill, Ibex Mine (Little Johnnie Mine)

Pyrite 5.7cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
Colorado, Lake Co., Leadville District, Leadville, Iowa Gulch, Black Cloud Mine (Resurrection Mine 0080650339; Yak Tunnel; Leadville Unit; Irene Shaft)

Pyrite, Galena 11cm wide© 2001 John H. Betts
Pyrite, largest is ~4cm wide© 2003 John H. Betts


Pyrite 3.1cm wide© Dan Weinrich



Pyrite
United States
Colorado, Mineral Co., Creede District, Amethyst Vein, Commodore Mine

Pyrite on Sphalerite 2.3cm tall© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
Colorado, Ouray Co., Red Mountain District, Idarado Mine

Pyrite on Quartz ~6cm tall©



Pyrite
United States
Colorado, Park Co., Alma District, Mount Bross, Sweet Home Mine (Home Sweet Home Mine)

Pyrite & Sphalerite 7cm wide© 2003 John H. Betts
Pyrite, Hubnerite & Quartz 13cm wide© Michael C. Roarke


Pyrite, Quartz & Tetrahedrite 7.1cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

This is a small underground mine that ended it days as a producer of perhaps the worlds best Rhodochrosite specimens and undoubtedly produced many more dollars worth of specimens than it ever did ore. This is highly unusual for any mine. Along with its fabulous Rhodochrosite specimens it did produce a few OK pyrite specimens.
[Rock Currier 2010]


Pyrite
United States
Colorado, Summit Co., Breckenridge District

Pyrite & Quartz 5.5cm wide© 2002 John H. Betts



Pyrite
United States
Connecticut, Fairfield Co., Trumbull, Old Mine Plaza construction site

Pyrite 12cm wide©



Pyrite
United States
Connecticut, Litchfield Co., Roxbury, Mine Hill (Ore Hill), Roxbury Iron Mine (Shepaug Iron Company Mine; Shepaug Spathic Iron and Steel Company Mine)

Pyrite 1.3cm wide© 2010 Harold Moritz
Pyrite crystals in matriz ~3cm wide?© 2010 Harold Moritz


Pyrite
United States
Illinois, Randolph Co.

Pyrite "dollar" 8cm wide© 2009 Michael C. Roarke



Pyrite
United States
Illinois, Randolph Co., Sparta

Pyrite "dollar" 8.7cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite "dollar" 8.4cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Pyrite dollars in shale© 2007 Peter Cristofono
Intergrown pyrite "dollars" 12cm wide© T. Kennedy 2002


Pyrite "dollar" 9.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite "dollar/sun" in shale 3.9cm wide© Keith F Compton


Pyrite "dollar" 13.1cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite "dollar" in shale, specimen ~9cm wide©


This underground coal mine is best known by collectors for its Pyrite "dollars" or "suns". They occurred in the shale above the coal seams and the miners sometimes called them cats eyes because they would cast a reflection back at the miners when the beam of their electric cap lamps would reflect from the ceiling. Tens of thousands of these were collected by the miners and sold to dealers who would prepare them by cleaning the shale off of them, frequently with sand blasting equipment. Many were also acid treated to give them iridescent colors. They range in size from less than an inch across to perhaps as large as 20 cm. Many specimens were also collected in their native shale but almost all of them have been removed from their matrix, cleaned and then glued back in place. Some of these pyrite dollars have proven not to be stable, but I have seen specimens that are still intact after more than 50 years.
[Rock Currier 2010]


Pyrite
United States
Indiana, Jasper Co., Pleasant Ridge

Pyrite 2.6cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite 11cm wide© 2003 John H. Betts



Pyrite
United States
Indiana, Jasper Co., Pleasant Ridge, Rensselaer Quarry (Rensselaer Stone Company Quarry; Pleasant Ridge Quarry)

Pyrite 6cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite 8.9cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Pyrite stalactites, size?© 2008 Peter Cristofono



Pyrite
United States
Indiana, Marion Co., Indianapolis, American Aggregates Corp. Quarry

Pyrite 3.8cm wide© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals
Pyrite 5.2cm tall© Russell G. Rizzo


Pyrite 4.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
Kansas, Cherokee Co., Tri-State District, Picher Field, Baxter Springs

Pyrite 1.7cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
Kansas, Cherokee Co., Tri-State District, Picher Field, Baxter Springs, Lucky Jew Mine

Pyrite 3.2cm wide©



Pyrite
United States
Kansas, Franklin Co., Ottawa

Pyrite 10cm tall© Charles Creekmur



Pyrite
United States
Kansas, Wallace Co.

Pyrite 6.1cm tall© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
Kentucky, Bath Co., Owingsville

Pyrite 2.7cm wide© Steve Bonney 2006



Pyrite
United States
Kentucky, Lincoln Co., Halls Gap, US 27 roadcut

Pyrite on Millerite FOV ~6mm tall© Alan Goldstein
Pyrite FOV 3mm wide© Alan Goldstein
7mm Pyrite crystals with Chalcedony© E Harrington



Pyrite
United States
Massachusetts, Middlesex Co., Ashland, Aggregate Industries Quarry (Bayer-Mingolla Quarry; Trimount Quarry)

Pyrite crystals up to about 5mm© 2008 Peter Cristofono



Pyrite
United States
Massachusetts, Middlesex Co., Marlborough

Pyrite 3.2cm wide© 2008 Peter Cristofono



Pyrite
United States
Michigan, Iron Co., Menominee iron range, Stambaugh, Hiawatha Group, Hiawatha No. 1 Mine

Pyrite & Calcite 11cm wide©
Pyrite crystals up to ~6mm & Calcite© Dan & Diana Weinrich


Pyrite
United States
Minnesota, Itasca Co. Mesabi Range, Lind-Greenway Mine (Greenway Mine Marr-Adair; Lind Mine)

Pyrite on matrix 7.1cm wide© Timothy J. Blackwood



Pyrite
United States
Minnesota, St. Louis Co., Vermilion Range, Soudan, Soudan Mine

Pyrite ~4cm wide©



Pyrite
United States
Mississippi, Oktibbeha Co., Starkville, Selma Chalk Farm

Pyrite 6cm wide© 2002 John H. Betts



Pyrite
United States
Missouri, Iron Co., Viburnum Trend District, Bixby, Buick Mine (Amax Buick Mine; Moloc Mine)

Pyrite "bar" 7cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite 7.7cm tall© Rob Lavinsky


Pyrite 12.4cm wide© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals
Pyrite & Sphalerite 6.5cm tall© 2002 John H. Betts


Pyrite
United States
Missouri, Reynolds Co., Viburnum Trend District, Ellington, Sweetwater Mine (Milliken Mine; Frank R. Milliken; Blair Creek; Ozark Lead Company Mine; Adair Creek; Logan Creek)

Pyrite after anhydrite 5cm tall© Weinrich
Pyrite 5.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite after galena & Calcite 5.5cm wide© Weinrich Minerals
Pyrite 9.1cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite 8.5cm wide© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals



Pyrite
United States
Missouri, Reynolds Co., Viburnum Trend District, Greeley, Brushy Creek Mine

Pyrite, Galena & Dolomite 7cm wide© Steve Hardinger



Pyrite
United States
Montana, Silver Bow Co., Butte District, Butte

Pyrite & Quartz 6cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite & Quartz 6cm wide© 2002 John H. Betts


Pyrite & Quartz 2.7cm tall© 2003 John H. Betts
Pyrite & Enargite 3.5cm tall© fabreminerals.com


Pyrite, Quartz & Chalcopyrite 8cm wide© Fabre Minerals
Pyrite 4.6cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Pyrite
United States
Montana, Silver Bow Co., Butte District, Butte, Leonard Mine

Pyrite on Quartz 3.9cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite 6.9cm tall© Rob Lavinsky


Pyrite 6cm wide© 2002 John H. Betts
Pyrite & Quartz ~13cm wide©


Pyrite
United States
Nebraska, Cass Co., Plattsmouth, Onyx Ace Hill quarry

Pyrite octahedron 2.5cm wide©



Pyrite
United States
Nevada, Elko Co., Bootstrap District, Meikle Mine

Pyrite & Barite 2.6cm tall© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
New Hampshire, Grafton Co., Bath, Woodsville roadcut

Pyrite in slate 8cm wide© 2002 John H. Betts



Pyrite
United States
New Hampshire, Grafton Co., Lyman

Pyrite, largest is 7mm wide© 2006 Peter Cristofono



Pyrite
United States
New Jersey, Mercer Co., Hopewell Township, Moore, Delaware River Quarry and Construction Co. Quarry, Trap Rock Industries Moore's Station Quarry

Pyrite & Chalcopyrite 6.2cm wide© Frank A. Imbriacco III



Pyrite
United States
New Jersey, Middlesex Co., Sayreville

Pyrite, size 6cm?© JBeckert



Pyrite
United States
New Jersey, Somerset Co., Bernards Township, Millington Quarry (Morris County Crushed Stone Co. Quarry; Tilcon Quarry)

Pyrite on Datolite 5.3cm wide



Pyrite
United States
New Jersey, Sussex Co., Franklin Mining District, Franklin, Buckwheat Pit (Southwest Opening; Buckwheat Mine)

Pyrite on Calcite ~7cm tall©
Pyrite on Calcite ~6cm wide©



Pyrite
United States
New Jersey, Sussex Co., Franklin Mining District, Franklin, Furnace Quarry

Pyrite 2.9cm tall© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
New Mexico, Chaves Co., Bosque Draw

Pyrite 7cm wide© FL Murray
Pyrite 7.7cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Pyrite
United States
New Mexico, Grant Co., Central District, Vanadium, Groundhog Mine

Pyrite & Quartz 7.7cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
New Mexico, Socorro Co., Magdalena District, Lynchberg Tunnel

Pyrite & Quartz ~5cm wide?© 2008 Peter Cristofono



Pyrite
United States
New Mexico, Taos Co., Questa, Horner prospect

Pyrite? Chalcopyrite? & Quartz 6.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
New York, Schoharie Co.

Pyrite 5.4cm tall© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
New York, St Lawrence Co., West Pierrepont, ZCA West Pierrepont Mine, Grange Ore Body

Pyrite 12cm wide© 2001 John H. Betts



Pyrite
United States
North Carolina, Moore Co., Glendon District

Pyrite 5cm wide© Mike Dennis



Pyrite
United States
Ohio, Cuyahoga Co., Brooklyn Heights, West Creek

Pyrite in shale 4.7cm wide© Matthew Neuzil
Pyrite in shale 3.8cm tall© Matthew Neuzil


Pyrite
United States
Ohio, Erie Co., Bellevue

Pyrite 7.2cm tall© Russell G. Rizzo
Pyrite 6.4cm wide© JWV 2007


Pyrite
United States
Ohio, Franklin Co., Columbus, Adena Brook Ravine

Pyrite in shale ~7.5cm wide



Pyrite
United States
Ohio, Franklin Co., Worthington area

Pyrite in concretion 11.8cm wide© 2005 S. Campbell



Pyrite
United States
Ohio, Lucas Co., Sylvania

Pyrite after a brachiopod 4.7cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite after a brachiopod 3.1cm wide © Rob Lavinsky


Pyrite after a brachiopod 4.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
Ohio, Ross Co.

Pyrite 9.9cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite 11.5cm tall© Joseph A. Freilich


Pyrite 8.6cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
Pennsylvania, Chester Co., Warwick Township, St. Peters, French Creek Mines

Pyrite on Magnetite ~6.5cm tall©
Pyrite 3.9cm tall© Rob Lavinsky


Pyrite on Magnetite ~4cm tall©
Pyrite ~3cm wide©


Pyrite, Magnetite & Calcite ~10cm tall©
Pyrite & Magnetite ~5cm tall©

Pyrite & Magnetite ~6.5cm wide©


These are old specimens collected more than 100 years ago. Many of them were etched out of calcite. Some of them have fallen prey to "pyrite disease" but fine examples of these are cherished as classics by collectors today. However Mark Heintzelman who knows more about these specimens than I do comments that it is the matrix for these specimens that degrades and causes the specimens to fall apart rather the the degradation of the pyrite due to pyrite disease. And I would have to agree with him. How ever, the end result for many good pyrite specimens from this locality fall apart as it has been my misfortune to witness in my own collection and others.
[Rock Currier 2010]



Pyrite
United States
Pennsylvania, Lebanon Co., Cornwall, Cornwall Mines (Cornwall Iron Mine)

Pyrite 7cm wide© M.Heintzelman
Pyrite 13cm wide© 2001 John H. Betts


Pyrite
United States
South Dakota, Butte Co., Belle Fourche

Pyrite 4.1cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
South Dakota, Butte Co., Belle Fourche, Orman Dam

Pyrite 4cm wide© 2002 John H. Betts
Pyrite 4cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Pyrite
United States
Texas, Bell Co., Temple

Pyrite 5cm wide© Charles Creekmur



Pyrite
United States
Texas, Dallas Co., Dallas-Fort Worth Airport

Pyrite 8.6cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite 7.2cm tall© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals


Pyrite 5.5cm wide©
Pyrite 3cm wide©


Almost all of the pyrite specimens were collected by local collectors during the construction of Dallas-Rortworth airport. Perhaps one of them will tell us about the find. At one time there were hundreds of these specimens. One in my collection in shale matrix also sports a tiny sharks tooth fossil.
[Rock Currier 2010]

Pyrite
United States
Texas, Dallas Co., Dallas, Pinnacle Park

Pyrite after ammonite 1.6cm wide©
Pyrite 16cm wide©


Pyrite
United States
Texas, Dallas Co., Dallas, Southwest Dallas Septarian Nodule exposures

Pyrite 1.5mm on calcite©



Pyrite
United States
Texas, Dallas Co., Grand Prairie, I-30 & Belt Line Road roadcut

Pyrite nodules, largest is ~10cm tall©



Pyrite
United States
Texas, Ellis Co., Midlothian, TXI Cement quarry

Pyrite 3.7cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite 3cm wide©


Pyrite on limestone 5cm wide©
Pyrite 3cm wide© Charles Creekmur


Pyrite
United States
Utah, Garfield Co., Henry Mts, Bromide Basin Mine

Pyrite 5.5cm wide© Rockpick Legend Co.



Pyrite
United States
Utah, Juab Co., East Tintic Mts, Tintic District, Chief No. 1 Mine (Chief Consolidated Mine)

Pyrite stalactite 4cm tall© Rockpick Legend Co.
Pyrite stalactite 1.5cm wide© Rockpick Legend Co.



Pyrite
United States
Utah, Salt Lake Co., Oquirrh Mts, Bingham District (West Mountain District), Bingham Canyon

Pyrite 5.8cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite 6.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Pyrite 10cm wide© 2003 John H. Betts
Pyrite & Quartz 5.4cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Pyrite 4.7cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite 3.2cm tall© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals


Pyrite ~6cm wide©

These specimens are from one of the worlds largest open pit copper mines and considering the size of the mine one is surprised at how few specimens it has produced.
[Rock Currier 2010]



Pyrite
United States
Utah, Salt Lake Co., Oquirrh Mts, Bingham District (West Mountain District), Lark Mine

Pyrite 9cm wide© Rockpick Legend Co.



Pyrite
United States
Utah, Salt Lake Co., Wasatch Mts, Little Cottonwood District (Alta District), Alta Consolidated Mine (Alta Consolidated Mining Company; Silver King Tunnel; Copper Prince Tunnel; Brooklyn Adit)

Pyrite 7cm wide© Rockpick Legend Co.



Pyrite
United States
Utah, Summit Co., Wasatch Mts, Park City District (Uinta District), Daly-Judge Mine

Pyrite, Quartz 4.8cm tall© Rockpick Legend Co.
Pyrite & Quartz 9.6cm wide© Rockpick Legend Co.


This mine has produced a few nice pyrite specimens but is much better known for its Tetrahedrite specimens.
[Rock Currier 2010]

Pyrite
United States
Utah, Summit Co., Wasatch Mts, Park City District (Unita District), Ontario Mine

Pyrite ~3.5cm tall© Rockpick Legend Co.
Pyrite 10cm wide?© Rockpick Legend Co.


Pyrite
United States
Utah, Summit Co., Wasatch Mts, Park City District (Unita District), Park City

Pyrite drill core ~12cm long?© Rockpick Legend Co.
Pyrite 7cm wide© Rockpick Legend Co.


Pyrite 8.4cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite 4.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
Utah, Summit Co., Wasatch Mts, Park City District (Unita District), Thaynes Shaft (Silver King Coalition Group; United Park City Mines)

Pyrite 2.6cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
Utah, Tooele Co., Dugway Range, Dugway Mountains District, Four Metals Mine (Silver King Mine; 2 Claims; New Years No. 1)

Pyrite 4.9cm tall© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals
Pyrite 3cm wide© Rockpick Legend Co.
Pyrite 6.5cm wide© Rockpick Legend Co.



Pyrite
United States
Utah, Utah Co., Wasatch Mts, American Fork District, entennial Tunnel (Utah Centennial Mining Company)

Pyrite 4cm tall© Rockpick Legend Co.



Pyrite
United States
Utah, Utah Co., Wasatch Mts, American Fork District, Mary Ellen Mine

Pyrite ~4.5cm wide© Joseph A. Freilich
Pyrite, size?© Joseph A. Freilich


Pyrite
United States
Utah, Utah Co., Wasatch Mts, American Fork District, Yankee Consolidated Mine, Yankee Mine

Pyrite 5cm tall© Rockpick Legend Co.



Pyrite
United States
Vermont, Lowell & Eden, Orleans & Lamoille Cos., Belvidere Mountain Quarries (Vermont Asbestos Group mine; VAG mine; Ruberoid Asbestos mine; Eden Mills quarries)

Pyrite on Grossular & Diopside 1.8cm tall© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
Vermont, Washington Co., Montpelier, Route I-89 road cut

Pyrite in schist, large crystal 1.5cm wide© 2008 Peter Cristofono



Pyrite
United States
Vermont, Windsor Co., Chester

Pyrite, largest crystal 2.9cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite in schist 4.2cm tall© Rob Lavinsky


Pyrite in schist 12cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite in schist 4.5cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite ~4cm wide© Jasun McAvoy


Pyrite
United States
Vermont, Windsor Co., Perkinsville

Pyrite in schist 6.9cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Pyrite
United States
Virginia, Albemarle Co., State Highway 6 roadcut

Pyrite to limonite, largest is ~2cm wide© Mike Dennis



Pyrite
United States
Virginia, Rockbridge Co., Lexington, Bargers Quarry (Charlie Barger's Quarry)

Pyrite 1.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite 3.8cm tall©


Pyrite
United States
Washington, King Co., Goldmyer Hot Springs, Pedro Claim

Pyrite ~2.5cm wide© Peter Hargis



Pyrite
United States
Washington, King Co., Goldmyer Hot Springs, Spruce Claim (Spruce Ridge)

Pyrite on Quartz 4.4cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite on Quartz 2.9cm tall© Rob Lavinsky


Pyrite and Quartz 9.6cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Pyrite & Quartz 10cm wide©


Pyrite & Quartz 3.5cm tall© Terry Burtzlaff

This claim has been worked exclusively for specimens by collectors and dealers. For many years after the winters snows wold melt away Bob Jackson and crew would work this claim. Each year seemed to bring a new crop of specimens including a few fine quartz and pyrite specimens that were always eagerly snapped up by collectors at high prices. The good ones from this locality are certainly destined to be classics and some already consider them to be.
[Rock Currier 2010]



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Edited 9 time(s). Last edit at 12/23/2012 07:52PM by Rock Currier.
avatar Re: Pyrite - United Kingdom to Zimbabwe
July 14, 2010 11:35AM
    
The "Indiana, Jasper Co., Pleasant Ridge" photos can probably be included in the Rensselaer Quarry section since they most likely came from there. The quarry literally produced tons of specimens. The vugs often were coated in petroleum so a lot of specimens ended up soaking in gasoline to get cleaned up.
avatar Re: Pyrite - United Kingdom to Zimbabwe
December 23, 2012 06:41PM
    
I have to take issue with one of Rocks comment above, as I've not known of any French Creek Pyrite to ever suffer from Pyrite disease. They are cobaltiferous and quite stable.

The real issue with French creek material is the matrix itself and the treatment many specimens have endured. Most have been treated with acid, etched out of Calcite, and it would seem many have not been properly processed afterwards (cleaned/soaked) and have gotten quite friable over these many years, some simply falling apart, however even on these, the Pyrite xtls themselves still remain as bright and stable as ever.

Again, having handled hundreds of specimens from this locale over many years myself, and know many others who have as well, and I have yet to see or hear of one suffering from pyrite disease. If one ever has, it is at least certainly NOT at all common.


MRH
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December 23, 2012 07:55PM
Mark, you are right. I have made some changes in the French Creek text. Do you have any opinion about how large the specimens got? How large the pyrite crystals got? How many specimens were collected? How many survive? Would you care to writ up something about the geology of French Creek, the mine, history etc?

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