• My photo options seemed to be getting a face of the crystal too dark OR to let one face be totally bright. What a challenge! Wish I had a "soft box" for lighting a specimen like this. See it large, here.

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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/

jciv, amuse, Miguel Vera, guano, and 42 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Macgidtosh 83 months ago | reply

    a great work!!!

  2. carl_lexicon [deleted] 83 months ago | reply

    I am always amazed at the razor-sharp crystals of pyrite, so seemingly out of place in a chunk of limestone, so "un"natural to the eye. I appreciate the difficulty of getting this shot--I've tried on a similar specimen and it was all washed out! Excellent job.

  3. Beud 83 months ago | reply

    Incredible nature !

    WINNER
    Your photo is superb !
    Please add this photo to
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  4. Daniel Greene 83 months ago | reply

    Wow. Nature made a perfect cube! Nice purchase and good photo.

  5. Miguel Vera 83 months ago | reply

    What a perfect pyrite crystal. This has to be one of, if not the best I've seen.

  6. cobalt123 83 months ago | reply

    Thank you all for your visits and comments. I was thrilled to see so many fine specimens from a dealer. He had maybe 30 or 40 such pyrite crystals in matrix and this is one of the very smallest he had for sale. Good thing he was at the end of the show and willing to sell this little specimen at a price I could pay. Believe me, I'd loved to have gotten the large chunk with 12 crystals, likely weighing about 25 pounds. And weighing in at $700, ha ha!

  7. Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton 82 months ago | reply

    Wow - perfect is right !!!

  8. libraryman 82 months ago | reply

    So amazing! Have you seen an of the geology exhibits in the Smithsonian? Rock and minerals are so far from boring!

  9. photolitherland 74 months ago | reply

    How much you get it for? I love Pyrite, Im a big collector and Pyrite is one of my favs, along with Indian Minerals. How long you been collecting for and I want to go to that mineral show sooooo bad, you have no idea!

  10. cobalt123 74 months ago | reply

    I was very lucky to buy this one for about $15. It was the end of the show last year and the dealer was willing to give me a break. I have been collecting for (gasp!) about 48 years now, since childhood. My rock collection is made up of everything from field stones I found on my grandfather's farm just after spring plowing to stones washed ashore on beaches to the special specimens I got on eBay and then the great finds from the Tucson show in the last three years. Your comment on this old photo reminds me that the 20 or so new specimens I got this year at Quartzite and in Tucson are just waiting around for me to photograph them, ha ha!

  11. longhairbroad 73 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Beautiful Metal, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  12. supermiri 64 months ago | reply

    Perfect cube. Maybe from Navajun?

  13. ARSAA GEMS AND MINERALS 52 months ago | reply

    wow! you have a nice pyrite specimen.. this is well formed fully terminated and perfect..
    i do also have some minerals see my flick photo album

  14. K. Bonson 50 months ago | reply

    Hi! I'm an Admin of For The Love Of Science! Group and I would love for this photo to be added!

  15. matthewcoti 38 months ago | reply

    The geometric beauty of nature ♥

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