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Pyromorphite

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Pyromorphite

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Locality: 
Les Farges Mine, Ussel, Limousin, France
Class: 
Crystals on Matrix
Size Range: 
Cabinet (10-18 cm)
Size: 
10.7 × 8.1 × 5.6 cm
Description

Go to a show like Saint Marie and try to find one good Pyromorphite from France - I can tell you it is difficult, really difficult! Yes - there are nice tiny smaples, yes you might find a really hot piece for tons of money, but good material for a serious collector is more or less hard to obtain. This particular specimen is out an old collection from my hometown Linz and slept there well for many years. Les Frages - closed in 1981 - is famous for the probably best Pyromorphite samples (next to Bad Ems in Germany and Pcheloyad Mine in Bulgaria) in entire Europe. And only specimen from China show a similar attractive fir-tree green color.
The particular specimen hosts numerous, sharp terminated, lustrous ton-formed crystals in a really fine contrast to brown-red matrix. The specimen is can be displayed in various positions, no significant damages to report

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Pyromorphite

Formula: 
Pb5(PO4)3Cl
Strunz: 
8.BN.05
Crystal System: 
Hexagonal
Hardness: 
3.5 - 4.0
Streak: 
White
Type Locality: 
Zschopau, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
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